Hazmat incidents involving rail cars on the rise

Number of cars carrying hazardous materials increased 152% in one state over the last 10 years

By Kyle Nagel
Dayton Daily News

MORAINE, Ohio — The number of railroad cars carrying hazardous materials involved in accidents in Ohio increased by 152 percent in the past 10 years — from 129 in 2002 to 326 last year — but industry officials stress railroad safety and the industry's importance to the economy.

While total railroad accidents and incidents decreased 41 percent to 270 last year, hazmat car involvement continued a 10-year climb. Last year, 49 of the 326 cars carrying hazardous material in accidents were damaged or derailed, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

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