RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSING FATALITIES

RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSING FATALITIES

Railroad and Highway-Rail Crossing Fatalities (annual data, selected series)

Railroad and Highway-Rail Crossing Fatalities (annual data, selected series). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

Rail and Highway-Rail Fatalities (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Rail and Highway-Rail Fatalities (monthly data, not seasonally  adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

In most years, the overwhelming majority of people killed in train accidents are outside the train. Many are occupants of highway vehicles, pedestrians, or bystanders at highway-rail grade crossings. Railroad workers and others on railroad property (including trespassers) account for most other rail-related fatalities.

Rail-related Fatalities    1999       2000   
Railroad only total    530    512
Railroad only total percent change from previous year  -8.15  -3.40
Grade crossing total    402    425
Grade crossing total percent change from previous year  -6.73   5.72
Passengers on trains     14      4
Passengers on trains percent change from previous year 250.00 -71.43

NOTE: Rail passengers on trains includes fatalities in both highway-rail grade crossings and nongrade crossing accidents. Railroad only total includes passengers on trains killed in nongrade crossing accidents. It also includes railroad workers (including contractors), other nontrespassers, and trespassers killed in train accidents, whether on or off the train, except at grade crossings. Data include both freight and passenger railroad operations.

Railroad    Aug-00       Aug-01   
Rail fatalities    92     97
Rail fatalities percent change from same month previous year  0.00   5.43
Highway-rail fatalities    40     33
Highway-rail fatalities percent change from same month previous year -6.98 -17.50

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety, available at: http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety