2-6 Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents, Injuries, and Fatalities: 1990-2008

2-6 Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents, Injuries, and Fatalities: 1990-2008

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  1990 R2000 R2006 R2007 2008
Highway 7,297 15,063 17,157 16,904 14,781
Accident related 249 329 306 306 283
Injuries 311 164 192 161 149
Fatalities 8 16 6 10 8
Rail 1,279 1,058 704 750 750
Accident related 48 62 44 52 26
Injuries 73 82 24 56 63
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 1
Air 297 1,419 2,411 1,555 1,277
Accident related 0 3 7 7 8
Injuries 39 5 2 8 7
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0
Water 7 17 68 61 98
Accident related 0 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 15 3 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0

Pipeline 1990 2000 2006 2007 2008
Natural gas distribution 110 154 142 153 151
Injuries 52 59 30 36 58
Fatalities 6 22 18 9 6
Natural gas transmission 89 80 146 132 140
Injuries 17 18 5 7 5
Fatalities 0 15 3 2 0
Liquid 180 146 120 119 139
Injuries 7 4 2 10 2
Fatalities 3 1 0 4 2

Key: R = revised.

Notes: 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. Natural gas transmission includes gathering system. Natural gas transmission fatalities for 2000 is revised. Highway incidents and accident related; natural gas distribution incidents, injuries and fatalities; and liquid pipline incidents for 2006 are revised. 2007 incidents for highway, rail, air and natural gas transmission are revised. Moreover, 2007 accident related incidents and injuries for highway, and rail injuries are revised.

Sources: Highway, Rail, Air and Water-USDOT, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Hazardous Materials Information System Database, available at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats as of November 2009 as reported in USDOT, RITA, BTS, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-6, available at http://www.bts.gov as of January 2010. Pipeline-USDOT, PHMSA, Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline Statistics, available at http://ops.dot.gov/stats/stats.htm as of November 2009.