RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSING FATALITIES

RAILROAD AND HIGHWAY-RAIL CROSSING FATALITIES

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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.

Railroad Aug-01 Aug-02
Rail fatalities     65     53
Rail fatalities percent change from same month previous year  25.00 -18.46
Highway-rail fatalities     32     37
Highway-rail fatalities percent change from same month previous year -20.00  15.63

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