Wreckage of freight train tanker that was carrying vinyl chloride after derailment, Paulsboro, New Jersey/AP
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) -- Officials have closed schools in a southern New Jersey town due to rising unsafe chemical levels in the air from a train derailment last week.
More than 100 Paulsboro residents won't able to return to their homes in the 12-block evacuation zone until at least Saturday. The town's schools are closed until further notice.
Officials must remove the vinyl chloride from a ruptured tank car before they can clear the track and examine what caused Friday's derailment.
Federal investigators said Sunday that Conrail crews had studied reported signal problems at the railroad bridge where the derailment occurred.
The National Transportation Safety Board is reviewing records with a focus on both the reported signal problems and a 2009 train derailment on the same bridge.
Dozens of people went to a hospital with breathing and other issues after the derailment, but no serious injuries have been reported.