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      New Jersey train derailment: Toxic chemicals inside derailed train

      Photo: KYW-TV

      PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) - Officials in New Jersey are backing away from an earlier claim that a bridge buckled and caused a freight train carrying hazardous chemicals to derail.

      It's not clear whether the derailment or the partial collapse happened first over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro.

      Environmental officials are sending a special vehicle to monitor air quality around the site of the derailment.

      At least two tanker cars toppled into the creek causing a leak of hazardous vinyl chloride into the air Friday. High exposure levels can cause breathing problems and dizziness.

      Dozens of people went to a hospital complaining of breathing problems.

      The Environmental Protection Department says tests show no chemical in the air now.

      The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to the site.

      A barge with a crane is being brought in from New York City so it will be at least a day before the damaged tankers can be removed.