UPDATED: Acid leak near Hoboken/Weehawken border caused light rail delays

HOBOKEN -- The light rail
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HOBOKEN -- The light rail

HOBOKEN — The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail train was temporarily suspended Wednesday morning from Second Street in Hoboken all the way through Weehawken to the Port Imperial stop. Media outlets and the public were told only that it was due to a chemical spill near Adams Street.
As it turned out, service was suspended as a precautionary measure because North Hudson Sewerage Authority officials discovered a small leak of parasitic acid near their building at 1600 Adams Street in Hoboken, near the Hoboken/Weehawken border.
That border is between the 9th Street and Lincoln Harbor area stops of the light rail.
“Parasitic acid is an industrial form of vinegar & hydrogen peroxide, which leaked onto the building floor at 1600 Adams Street in Hoboken,” according to Weehawken officials. There was no danger to residents of Hoboken or Weehawken at any time, they said.
NJ Transit spokesman Ken Miller said later Wednesday, “We got a report by the local police department, the Hoboken Police Department, about a chemical leak on Adams Street and they specifically requested that the light rail service be shut down so it could be addressed. Service resumed at 8:45 a.m. We were able to order what we call a bus bridge so buses could operate between those two stations assisting passengers.”
The North Hudson Sewerage Authority released the following statement:
“At approximately 6:30 AM this morning, employees at the North Hudson Sewage Authority discovered a leaking pipe inside a building on the Authority’s premises at 1600 Adams St. The pipe valve was immediately shut off, and a small amount, approximately one gallon, of parasitic acid (a commercial form of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide) leaked onto the building floor.”
According to their statement the Hoboken Fire Department and the Jersey City Fire Department’s Hazmat division handled the situation.
“The fire departments established a safety perimeter that included NHSA’s building complex, a small portion of the light rail and the PSE&G substation,” stated the release. “No hazardous materials escaped the building either in liquid or vapor form. The fire departments determined that at no time were residents of either Hoboken or Weehawken in any danger from the small contained spill…The fire departments safely disposed of material on the North Hudson site within the normal treatment process of the plant. The fire departments have informed us that there was no threat to public health. The spill was effectively and safely contained, managed and disposed, thanks to the rapid response of the Hoboken and Jersey City fire fighters.”
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, one HBLR train had to temporarily stop in Jersey City when a passenger on the train fainted. EMS arrived and the man was taken off the train.