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Annual hazardous material report found minimal violations on Illinois railways

train tracks in a rural, wooded area
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The latest hazardous material report from the Illinois Commerce Commission found minimal violations on state railways.

Just 1.3 percent of the more than 8,500 rail cars inspected by the I-C-C last year had violations.

The commission's rail safety expert Brian Vercruysee says the goal is to prevent disasters like the derailment in Ohio.

He says the incident has the I-C-C reviewing its own protocols.

Vercruysse says there were 83 railway incidents including five derailments where hazardous material spilled last year in Illinois.

View the report on accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials on railroads in Illinois.

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