Railroad Accident Report: Conrail Freight Train Derailment with Vinyl Chloride Release, Paulsboro, New Jersey, November 30, 2012

This report discusses the 2012 accident in which a Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) train derailed while traveling over a moveable bridge in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Three tank cars containing vinyl chloride came to rest in Mantua Creek, of which one was breached and released about 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride. On that day, 28 residents sought medical attention for possible exposure, and the train crew and many emergency responders were also exposed. Damage estimates were $451,000 for equipment and about $30 million for emergency response and remediation. This report addresses safety issues: training and qualification of train crews for moveable bridge inspection; Conrail safety management; timeliness of hazardous materials communications to first responders; failure of the incident commanders to follow established hazardous materials response protocols; firefighter training and qualifications; inadequacies of emergency planning, emergency preparedness, and public awareness for hazardous materials transported by train; and rail corridor risk management analysis. As a result of this investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board makes safety recommendations to the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Consolidated Rail Corporation, the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Volunteer Fire Council, the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Bureau of Fire Department Services, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the New Jersey Department of Health. The National Transportation Safety Board also reiterates recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 90p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538141
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/RAR-14/01, PB2014-108828, Notation 8475A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2014 1:36PM