Table 2-35. Railroad and Grade-Crossing Fatalities by Victim Class

Table 2-35. Railroad and Grade-Crossing Fatalities by Victim Class

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  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Passengers on trains4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14
Railroad only 4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 2 3
Grade crossing only 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11
Employees on duty97 46 40 35 34 47 31 34 33 37 27 31
Railroad only 97 44 35 34 32 44 30 32 32 37 23 29
Grade crossing only 0 2 5 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 4 2
Employees not on duty4 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0
Railroad only 3 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0
Grade crossing only 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor employeesa a a a 11 6 3 7 9 11 5 12
Railroad only a a a a 10 6 3 7 9 11 5 11
Grade crossing only a a a a 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nontrespassersb746 511 554 487 475 489 505 443 365 363 326 302
Railroad only 81 14 18 19 12 18 44 32 27 15 9 8
Grade crossing only 665 497 536 468 463 471 461 411 338 348 317 294
Trespassers566 474 700 663 646 675 682 660 620 646 644 572
Railroad only 460 391 543 524 533 523 529 494 471 533 536 479
Grade crossing only 106 83 157 139 113 152 153 166 149 113 108 93
Volunteer employeesN N N N N N N N N 0 0 0
Railroad only N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0
Grade crossing only N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0
Railroad only 645 454 599 586 591 653 611 567 551 602 577 530
Grade crossing only 772 582 698 608 579 626 615 579 488 461 431 402
Motor vehicles N 521 614 535 506 554 542 508 415 419 369 345
Nonmotor vehicles N 61 84 73 73 72 73 71 73 42 62 57
Total 1,417 1,036 1,297 1,194 1,170 1,279 1,226 1,146 1,039 1,063 1,008 932

a Prior to 1992, contractor employees were included with nontrespassers. They include 7 in 1980, 4 in 1985, 3 in 1990, and 3 in 1991.
b Beginning in 1997, nontresspassers off railroad property are also included.

KEY: N = data do not exist; U = data are not available.

NOTES: "Railroad only" includes fatalities from train accidents, train incidents, and nontrain incidents (excludes highway-rail grade crossings). This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.

SOURCES:
1980-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Highway-Rail Crossing Accident/Incident and  Inventory Bulletin (Washington, DC: Annual issues), and the Accident/Incident Bulletin (Washington DC: Annual issues).
1995-99: Ibid. Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/objects/bull99.pdf, as of Nov. 28, 2000.