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Transporting Hazardous Materials

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Los Angeles Times conducts a data-base study of 68,000 hazardous materials incidents from around the United States, and finds the number has risen 37 percent from 1982 to 1991; injuries to people as a result of truck spills rose 374 percent, and almost all of the deaths--106 out of 108--involved tanker trucks; gasoline, ammonia and sulfuric acid are the most dangerous liquids transported; gives account of a railway accident that dumped weed killer into the Sacramento River, killing virtually every organism along the river for miles; gives account of the death of a whole family as a result of a gasoline truck accident, Sept. 20, 1992.

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