December 2, 2013 |
Walt Stevenson grew up by Mantua Creek in Paulsboro. When he was a kid, Stevenson helped a railroad employee with a bad leg manually open and close the bridge overhead where trains passed through. "Never a lick of trouble," he said. As a teenager, Stevenson courted his high school sweetheart, Irma, on the creek, rowing out to the Delaware and all the way to Philadelphia International Airport. They married and later taught their kids to swim there. And they've lived in a house on the waterfront, the bridge visible from their kitchen window, for the last 28 years.
November 27, 2013 |
PAULSBORO U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews called Monday for more vigorous, independent oversight of railroads, nearly a year after a train derailment in Paulsboro caused the release of a toxic chemical and forced hundreds of people from their homes. Standing in front of the bridge where the Conrail train derailed, Andrews (D., N.J.) said at a news conference that legislation he introduced last week would require that rail bridges be inspected by independent engineering firms at least once every two years.
November 8, 2013 |
Randolph R. Resor, 61, an adviser since 2009 to the assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, died of a heart attack Friday, Nov. 1, at his home in Merchantville. He was an industry analyst for the department's Surface Transportation Board from 2006 to 2009. And from 1987 to 2006, Mr. Resor was vice president for costing and economic analysis at Zeta-Tech Associates Inc., a railway engineering consulting firm in Cherry Hill, where he worked on international projects, his wife, Carol, said in a phone interview.
November 5, 2013 |
William H. Barlow, 82, of Mount Laurel, a career railroad man who retired in 1988 as supervisor of internal computer systems for Conrail in Philadelphia, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home. Mr. Barlow was a competitive recreational hockey player for decades, and an executive for a youth sports organization in Burlington County. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School in 1949 and attended Dartmouth College. In the Army in postwar France, he was a general's driver.
October 28, 2013 |
The River Line awakens long before dawn. Soon, hundreds of slumbering souls are awake, too. Nearly 10 years have passed since NJ Transit inaugurated a 34-mile commuter line between Camden and Trenton. Yet, the horns blaring from light rail by day and Conrail freight trains by night still set teeth on edge. The first commuter trains pass about 6 a.m. through Riverton, a borough of 2,000 fronting the Delaware River. "We love it here," Brenda Fleig said last week, gesturing outside her door to the Victorian-era homes and gas streetlamps for which her town is known.
August 9, 2013 |
Three more first responders to last year's train derailment in Paulsboro filed suit Wednesday against Conrail and its parent companies, raising fresh allegations against the companies that came to light last month during hearings with federal investigators. The responders, who are police officers in Paulsboro and Greenwich Township, joined 15 other plaintiffs, including first responders, already involved in separate litigation against Conrail. At least 15 other suits have been filed against Conrail.
July 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Conrail had many more reports of problems with a railroad bridge in Paulsboro, N.J., before its collapse than the company has disclosed to accident investigators, a company locomotive engineer testified yesterday. The bridge collapsed in November as a freight train was crossing, derailing eight cars. A tank car punctured in the collapse leaked 20,000 gallons of vinyl chloride into a creek, which combined with the water to create a dangerous gas cloud. National Transportation Safety Board officials said at yesterday's investigative hearing that local police and fire officials who responded to the spill didn't follow safety standards, creating greater exposure to the gas for first responders and some residents.
June 26, 2013
PAULSBORO - The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that it will hold a two-day investigative hearing July 9-10 in Washington as part of its probe into last year's train derailment in Paulsboro. The board is investigating the cause of the derailment, which occurred on Nov. 30 after a bridge failed over Mantua Creek. Four tanker cars fell into the creek, one of which released thousands of gallons of toxic vinyl chloride into the atmosphere, forcing nearly 700 people from their homes, some for a week.
June 7, 2013 |
LAURIE EVANS Marsh Sr. might not have been a bona fide doctor, but many people swore by his curative powers. Evans, as he was known, had long dreamed of being a doctor. After combat service in World War II, he began studying holistic medicine. The advice he gave to sufferers of various ailments had friends and family seeking him out for help. To avoid practicing medicine without a license, he stuck to giving advice, but those who took it swore they were cured, or at least felt better.
May 30, 2013 |
Conrail and its parent companies, in a substantive response to one of a flood of lawsuits filed against them after the November train derailment and chemical leak in Paulsboro, maintain that they are "exempt from strict liability" for injuries and damages because they are common carriers legally obliged to transport hazardous freight. The companies filed the response last Wednesday in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, where Conrail has its headquarters. The strict standard of liability holds that the defendant is legally responsible for injuries regardless of intent or carelessness.