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 2000
Passengers on trains 4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14 4
Railroad only 4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 2 3 4
Grade crossing only 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 0
Employees on duty 97 46 40 35 34 47 31 34 33 37 27 31 24
Railroad only 97 44 35 34 32 44 30 32 32 37 23 29 22
Grade crossing only 0 2 5 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 4 2 2
Employees not on duty 4 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 1
Railroad only 3 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 1
Grade crossing only 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor employees a a a a 11 6 3 7 9 11 5 12 3
Railroad only a a a a 10 6 3 7 9 11 5 11 3
Grade crossing only a a a a 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nontrespassersb 746 511 554 487 475 489 505 443 365 363 326 R305 335
Railroad only 81 14 18 19 12 18 44 32 27 15 9 8 19
Grade crossing only 665 497 536 468 463 471 461 411 338 348 317 R297 316
Trespassers 566 474 700 663 646 675 682 660 620 646 644 R570 570
Railroad only 460 391 543 524 533 523 529 494 471 533 536 479 463
Grade crossing only 106 83 157 139 113 152 153 166 149 113 108 R91 107
Volunteer employees N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0
Railroad only N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0
Grade crossing only N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0
Railroad only 645 454 599 586 591 653 611 567 551 602 577 530 512
Grade crossing only 772 582 698 608 579 626 615 579 488 461 431 402 425
Motor vehicles N 521 614 535 506 554 542 508 415 419 369 345 361
Nonmotor vehicles N 61 84 73 73 72 73 71 73 42 62 57 64
Total 1,417 1,036 1,297 1,194 1,170 1,279 1,226 1,146 1,039 1,063 1,008 932 937

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

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.

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).

1995-2000: Ibid. Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/Query/Default.asp as of Aug. 9, 2001.