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 2000 2001 2002 2003 (R) 2004 (R) 2005 (R) 2006 2007
Fatalities, total 29 8 10 19 6 67 12 14 25 18 4 9 10 6 15 4 13 33 6 8
Derailments 8 2 2 10 2 53 2 2 6 2 1 1 2 1 7 1 2 2 3 4
Collisions 20 6 8 5 1 14 8 7 16 10 1 7 1 4 4 0 8 6 0 0
Other 1 0 0 4 3 0 2 5 3 6 2 1 7 1 4 3 3 25 3 4
Injuries, total 665 476 451 326 171 308 262 294 281 185 129 129 275 310 1,884 232 346 778 208 220
Derailmentsb 286 197 272 174 71 179 120 90 98 111 61 41 121 113 1691 121 160 233 84 66
Collisions 341 223 139 103 59 87 118 151 146 55 32 62 89 145 151 56 142 92 85 108
Other 38 56 40 49 41 42 24 53 37 19 36 26 65 52 42 55 44 453 39 46
Accidents, 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 2,983 3,023 2,738 (R) 3,016 3,380 3,259 2,951 2,580
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 2,112 2,234 1,989 (R) 2,130 2,431 2,301 2,171 1,869
Collisions 1,201 366 315 261 207 205 240 235 205 202 168 205 238 220 192 198 237 251 198 200
Other 562 414 418 461 418 476 439 482 422 454 650 602 633 569 557 (R) 688 712 707 582 511

KEY: R = revised.

a Excludes highway-rail grade crossing accidents.

b In 2002, 1441 injures were due to a single derailment in North Dakota involving hazardous materials.

NOTES

Train accidents only. 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), tables 1-1, 1-3.

1995-2007: Ibid., http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ Table 3.09 as of Apr. 8, 2008.