‘Traffic nightmare’: Delaware bridge closed by gas leak

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By Associated Press

PENNSVILLE, N.J. — A Delaware bridge shut down in both directions by a gas leak Sunday evening, bringing traffic on a major East Coast artery to a standstill on one of the busiest travel days of the year, has reopened.

The Delaware Department of Transportation tweeted late Sunday that the Delaware Memorial Bridge was “REOPENED to traffic” and urged travelers to drive safely.

The leak stemmed from the Delaware chemical production facility Croda Atlas Point, located near the twin suspension bridges on a major route between Washington and New York City, Holloway Terrace Fire Company Public Information Officer George Greenley said.

The leaked chemical was ethylene oxide, a highly flammable gas that is a finished product stemming from methanol, Greenley said.

“If that flume would have had an ignition source it could have been catastrophic with the bridge traffic,” he said.

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