Investigators look into cause of train derailment in NJ
Anna Kooiman reports on accident
- Duration 3:42
- Date Dec 3, 2012
Anna Kooiman reports on accident
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Well we're learning families who had to leave their homes we'll have to stay out of him for a few more days following a train derailment investigators looking into whether a possible signal problem.
Is to -- it is to blame at that crossing this was the scene that we showed you last night when seven cars tipped over in southern New Jersey on Friday.
The accident causing -- hazardous chemical to spew into the air and into the water there -- it went into a creek.
It sent dozens of people to the emergency room with nausea and dizziness more than a hundred people were forced from their homes as I mentioned -- evacuated as a result.
Today officials say they won't be able to return to their homes until at least.
Meanwhile authorities are trying to figure out how this all happened and again that traffic signal that they're looking at -- -- -- is here with more they -- just a few hours when I was covering this is breaking news Friday.
And now another week.
Well fortunately -- for.
Hundred of the residents have been able to go home but they are experiencing health concerns many of the people there.
-- area we go ahead take a look at that residents in the surrounding areas there at the crash site at last check.
About eighty people been treated for symptoms associated with a flammable gas known as vinyl chloride.
It was being carried by several of the tankers including one that -- did did begin leaking that toxic chemical.
Workers in businesses outside the evacuation zones are reporting those health problems too.
Feeling short of breath.
-- dizzy and complaining of headaches and eye irritations so far no serious injuries have been reported.
My eyes have been burning and today we're gonna get tonight all three of those headaches.
It's the Mike Green I never get sick ever and never had any and my eyes despite stream.
And they are outside of the evacuations -- those workers there at the businesses are also complaining that they haven't had a lot of business because of the issues of course.
-- -- the day at the height of those evacuations or about 500 people displaced from the thirteen block radius Harris in tonight.
More than a hundred is mentioned still out of their homes evacuation areas in place until Saturday.
At daycare and a school will be closed all week there in that hot sun no new evacuations at least they'll play.
Lion in the -- that I remember on Friday to schools were in lockdown and and people were told to shelter in place and now they're just gonna simply keep everything closed.
Now I mention that signal that traffic signal at that bridge there's been some problems with that before.
The end there actually have in the National Transportation Safety Board -- saying that workers with Conrail the company that owns and maintains the bridge.
We're doing inspections on that very -- just the day before the derailment -- TSB officials are point to a faulty traffic signal for causing that disaster.
The NTSB will also be reviewing repairs following a 200916.
The conductor has been with Conrail's since 2008 he had worked the accident route previously but this was his first week back on it.
The NTSB says they want to get their investigators to the crash scene.
But they have to wait for the Coast Guard crews to really pump out hazardous material which should be beginning right now.
There -- some other vinyl chloride containers.
You know we're.
We still need to renew those type of containers.
And so there is still potential for releases in the future even after we take care of the one that priest originally.
But we are taken all precautions to ensure.
That everybody remains safe.
And they play and I night using -- prepares to take out those those tankers that are there.
In the meantime the Coast Guard is also collecting water samples from into -- and monitoring air quality which they do say so far has gone very well.
And -- and thank you very much.