Table 5-6 Hazardous Materials Transportation Incidents: 2005–2011

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  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
TOTAL Incidents 16,649 20,978 19,917 17,593 15,445 15,385 15,614
Highway incidents 13,460 17,159 16,932 14,805 12,730 12,650 12,807
Accident related 323 308 322 302 251 321 333
Injuries 178 192 160 153 153 152 129
Fatalities 24 6 9 6 11 8 12
Rail 745 703 753 748 642 749 742
Accident related 51 44 54 27 37 35 40
Injuries 693 25 57 63 38 13 20
Fatalities 10 0 0 0 1 0 1
Air 1,654 2,406 1,556 1,278 1,356 1,293 1,400
Accident related 9 7 7 8 2 2 2
Injuries 44 2 8 7 10 2 7
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Water 69 68 61 99 90 105 71
Accident related 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Injuries 0 15 3 0 0 2 8
Fatalities 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Pipeline              
Liquid 369 355 332 375 341 349 347
Injuries 2 2 10 2 4 4 2
Fatalities 2 0 4 2 4 1 1
Natural gas transmission and gathering 182 145 132 141 129 118 126
Injuries 7 4 7 5 11 61 1
Fatalities 0 3 2 0 0 10 0
Natural gas distribution 170 142 151 147 157 121 121
Injuries 39 30 33 52 49 44 57
Fatalities 12 18 9 7 9 11 13

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). In previous years, carriers were exclusively responsible for reporting hazardous materials release incidents. In 2005, PHMSA expanded the reporting requirements to include: reports by person(s) in physical possession of a hazardous material at the time an incident occurs during transport; reports on nonrelease incidents such as structural damage to cargo tanks specified for 1,000 gallons or more and undeclared shipments of hazardous materials. Pipeline data are derived from three unique data sets, and a comprehensive total for pipeline incidents is not applicable. As of March 2010, the secondary cause designations of incidents in these reports have been updated and improved. Please note that secondary cause category counts and distributions have changed as a result of these improvements and also as a result of preparations for new accident/incident reporting forms which became effective January 1, 2010.

SOURCES: Highway, Rail, Air, and Water: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Incident Statistics, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-6, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 25, 2013; Pipeline: USDOT, PHMSA, Office of Pipeline Safety, Accident/Incident and Mileage Summary Stats, available at http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/reports/safety/ as of January 2012.