Monday, February 01, 2010

Grade crossing and trespasser fatalities drop

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In the first 11 months of 2009, rail crossing fatalities declined 17.8% to 222 compared with the same period to 2008, and trespasser fatalities were down 7.2% to 399, according to a preliminary report released Jan. 30 by the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis.

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These accounted for 621 of the total of 649 U.S. rail fatalities reported in the period. There were 15 employee fatalities, down 34.8% from the 23 reported in the same period in 2008.

The accident/incident numbers were down across the board in the 2009 period: train accidents, down 27.6% to 1,644; collisions, down 2 9.5% to 124; derailments, down 28.8% to 1,166; and yard accidents, down 29.1% to 888.