NJ ACID SPILL DISRUPTS RAIL TRAFFIC

NJ ACID SPILL DISRUPTS RAIL TRAFFIC

A chemical spill in New Jersey Monday shut down train service in the Northeast corridor between New York City and Philadelphia and sent two workers to the hospital.

Authorities said 2,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid apparently leaked

from a ruptured seam on a tank truck at Donner Chemical Co. in Newark.The fumes overcame two workers who were taken to nearby Beth Israel Hospital where spokeswoman Kim Chait said they were in stable condition and expected to be released later in the day.

A small cloud of gas released from the acid was quickly smothered by Newark firefighters using a special foam.

The threat of the fumes along the railroad tracks forced Amtrak and New Jersey Transit to stop train service through the area for about three hours, disrupting travel for hundreds of passengers.