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 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Passengers on trains 4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 4 14 4 3 7 3 3 16 2 4
Railroad only 4 3 3 8 3 58 5 0 12 6 2 3 4 3 7 2 3 16 2 4
Grade crossing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Employees on duty 97 46 40 35 34 47 31 34 33 37 27 31 24 22 20 19 25 25 16 17
Railroad only 97 44 35 34 32 44 30 32 32 37 23 29 22 21 19 18 23 23 12 16
Grade crossing 0 2 5 1 2 3 1 2 1 0 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 4 1
Employees not on duty 4 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Railroad only 3 2 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Grade crossing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor employees 7 4 3 3 11 6 3 7 9 11 5 12 3 4 10 5 4 5 7 5
Railroad only 7 4 3 3 10 6 3 7 9 11 5 11 3 4 9 4 4 5 7 5
Grade crossing 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nontrespassersa 739 507 551 484 475 489 505 443 365 363 326 305 335 269 267 205 242 (R) 249 (R) 237 200
Railroad only 16 10 15 16 12 18 44 32 27 15 9 8 19 11 18 8 18 (R) 23 2 15
Grade crossing 723 497 536 468 463 471 461 411 338 348 317 297 316 258 249 197 224 (R) 226 (R) 235 185
Trespassers 566 474 700 663 646 675 682 660 620 646 644 570 570 673 646 635 621 (R) 593 (R) 648 630
Railroad only 457 391 543 524 533 523 529 494 471 533 536 479 463 511 540 501 475 (R) 463 (R) 518 477
Grade crossing 109 83 157 139 113 152 153 166 149 113 108 91 107 162 106 134 146 (R) 130 (R) 130 153
Volunteer employees N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Railroad only N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grade crossing N N N N N N N N N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Railroad only and grade crossing, total 1,417 1,036 1,297 1,194 1,170 1,279 1,226 1,146 1,039 1,063 1,008 932 937 971 951 868 895 (R) 888 (R) 910 856
Railroad only 584 454 599 586 591 653 611 567 551 602 577 530 512 550 594 534 523 (R) 530 (R) 541 517
Grade crossing 833 582 698 608 579 626 615 579 488 461 431 402 425 421 357 334 372 358 (R) 369 339
Motor vehicles 748 521 614 535 506 554 542 508 415 419 369 345 361 345 310 281 290 (R) 283 304 263
Nonmotor vehicles 85 61 84 73 73 72 73 71 73 42 62 57 64 76 47 53 82 (R) 75 (R) 65 76

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

a Beginning in 1997, nontrespassers off railroad property are also included.

NOTE

"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).

1995-2007: Ibid. Table 4.08 and personal communication, Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety as of May 14, 2008.