Table 2-41: Train Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents by Type of Accident

Table 2-41: Train Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents by Type of Accident

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  1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 (R) 2008 (R) 2009 2010
Fatalities, total 29 8 10 19 6 67 12 14 25 18 4 9 10 6 15 4 13 33 6 9 27 4 8
Derailments 8 2 2 10 2 53 2 2 6 2 1 1 2 1 7 1 2 2 3 1 0 1 2
Collisions 20 6 8 5 1 14 8 7 16 10 1 7 1 4 4 0 8 6 0 4 26 0 1
Other 1 0 0 4 3 0 2 5 3 6 2 1 7 1 4 3 3 25 3 4 1 3 5
Injuries, total 665 476 451 326 171 308 262 294 281 185 129 129 275 310 1,884 232 347 790 222 310 322 120 101
Derailmentsb 286 197 272 174 71 179 120 90 98 111 61 41 121 113 1,691 121 104 236 97 71 39 37 47
Collisions 341 223 139 103 59 87 118 151 146 55 32 62 89 145 151 56 160 101 85 188 108 36 28
Other 38 56 40 49 41 42 24 53 37 19 36 26 65 52 42 55 83 453 40 51 175 47 26
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 3,019 3,385 3,266 (R) 2,995 (R) 2,692 2,478 1,900 1,859
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 2,133 2,435 (R) 2,305 (R) 2,194 (R) 1,934 1,788 1,360 1,307
Collisions 1,201 366 315 261 207 205 240 235 205 202 168 205 238 220 192 198 237 274 (R) 201 (R) 210 191 133 138
Other 562 414 418 461 418 476 439 482 422 454 650 602 633 569 557 688 713 (R) 687 (R) 600 (R) 548 499 407 414

KEY: R = revised.

a Excludes highway-rail grade crossing accidents.

b In 2002, 1,441 injures were due to a single derailment in North Dakota involving hazardous materials.

NOTE

This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations. It is train accidents only.

SOURCE

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Train Accidents by Type and Major Cause from Form FRA F 6180.54, table 3.09, Accident Summary Tables, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/ as of June 10, 2011.