Table 6 Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents

Table 6 Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents

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  1990 1995 2000 2004
Highway 7,297 12,869 15,063 12,977
Accident related 249 253 327 233
Injuries 311 296 164 156
Fatalities 8 7 16 10
Rail 1,279 1,155 1,058 753
Accident related 48 50 62 48
Injuries 73 71 82 121
Fatalities 0 0 0 3
Air 297 817 1,419 995
Accident related 0 0 1 0
Injuries 39 33 5 12
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Water 7 12 17 15
Accident related 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0

Pipeline 1990 1995 2000 2004
Liquid 180 188 146 141
Injuries 7 11 4 13
Fatalities 3 3 1 5
Natural gas distribution 109 97 154 172
Injuries 52 43 59 41
Fatalities 6 16 22 18
Natural gas transmission 89 64 80 121
Injuries 17 10 18 3
Fatalities 0 2 15 1

Note: Injuries/fatalities data are for number of people injured or killed. Accident related excludes human errors, package failures, and unreported cases. Water data are for incidents involving packaged materials only and do not include incidents where the vessel is the container (e.g., a barge or oil tanker). Nonpipeline reporting requirements changed in 2002.

Sources: USDOT, PHMSA, Hazardous Materials Information System Database. 1990 data-available at http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/biennial/96_97biennial.rpt.pdf, as of December 2005. 1995-2004 data-available at http://hazmat.dot.gov/pubs/inc/data/2004/2004frm.htm, as of December 2005. Pipeline data-USDOT, PHMSA, Office of Pipeline Safety, available at http://ops.dot.gov/stats/LQ_SUM.HTM, as of November 2005.