PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and local authorities are responding Friday to a report of a freight train derailment in Mantua Creek near Paulsboro, N.J.
Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders were notified at approximately 7:30 a.m. of a train derailment at the East Jefferson Street Railroad Bridge over the Mantua Creek.
Authorities are in the process of assessing what materials have been spilled from any damaged container cars. The cargo was initially reported to be vinyl chloride and other industrial materials.
Local authorities have evacuated the area in a half-mile radius. A one-mile safety zone on the water to the north and south of the bridge has been established.
Sector Delaware Bay personnel along with the Coast Guard National Strike Team and the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Capstan, a tug homeported in Philadelphia, are responding.
Seven railroad cars are reported to have derailed three are reported to be in the water.
No injuries have been reported.