Table 2-37. Train Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents by Type of Accidenta

Table 2-37. Train Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents by Type of Accidenta

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  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Fatalities                       
Derailments 8 2 2 10 2 53 2 2 6 2 1 U
Collisions 20 6 8 5 1 14 8 7 16 9 1 U
Other 1 0 0 4 3 0 2 5 3 6 2 U
Total 29 8 10 19 6 67 12 14 25 17 4 9
Injuries                       
Derailments 286 197 272 174 71 179 120 90 98 111 61 U
Collisions 341 223 139 103 59 87 118 151 146 51 32 U
Other 38 56 40 49 41 42 24 53 37 21 36 U
Total 665 476 451 326 171 308 262 294 281 183 129 130
Accidents                       
Derailments 6,442 2,495 2,146 1,936 1,734 1,930 1,825 1,742 1,816 1,741 1,757 1,961
Collisions 1,201 366 315 261 207 205 240 235 205 202 168 205
Other 562 414 418 461 418 476 439 482 422 454 650 602
Total 8,205 3,275 2,879 2,658 2,359 2,611 2,504 2,459 2,443 2,397 2,575 2,768

KEY: U = data are unavailable.
a Excludes highway-rail grade crossing accidents.

NOTE: Train accidents only. This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations.

SOURCES:
1980-96: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Highway-Rail Crossing Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin  (Washington, DC: Annual issues), tables 1-1, 1-3.
1997-98: Ibid. Railroad Safety Statistics Annual Report 1998 (Washington, DC: September 1998), table 1-1, 1-3, 5-6.
1999: Ibid. Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Prelim/1999/r01.htm, as of July 10, 2000.