Table 2-5: Highway-Rail Grade-Crossing Safety

Table 2-5: Highway-Rail Grade-Crossing Safety

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  1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 (R) 2004 (R) 2005 (R) 2006 (R) 2007 2008
Fatalitiesa 1,440 917 833 582 698 608 579 626 615 579 488 461 431 402 425 421 357 334 371 359 369 336 287
Injured persons 3,272 3,860 3,890 2,687 2,407 2,094 1,975 1,837 1,961 1,894 1,610 1,540 1,303 1,396 1,219 1,157 999 1,035 1,095 1,051 1,070 1057 944
Accidentsa 3,559 12,126 10,796 7,073 5,715 5,388 4,910 4,892 4,979 4,633 4,257 3,865 3,508 3,489 3,502 3,237 3,077 2,977 3,080 3,060 2,939 2,767 2,398

KEY: R = revised

a 1970 data are not comparable to later years due to a change in the reporting system.

NOTE

The Federal Railroad Administration recommended we no longer report property damage statistics, as we had done in previous editions of NTS, due to inconsistencies in the reporting of data.

SOURCES

1970: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development, Rail-Highway Crossing Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin (Washington, DC: Annual Issue), tables S and 11.

1970-2008: Ibid. Internet site http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of August 28, 2009.