Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Train accidents down sharply in six months

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Train accidents on U. S. railroads in this year's first six months declined 22.8% to 811 compared with the same period in 2011, according to the Federal Railroad Administration's Office of Safety Analysis. They caused three fatalities, compared with six in the prior-year period, and 33 injuries, down from 101 a year ago.

The number of collisions dropped 34.5% to 55. derailments were down 20.9% to 603, and yard accidents declined 18.5% to 463.

In two areas beyond the railroads' direct control, there emerged a different picture. While highway-rail grade-crossing fatalities declined 6.7% to 125, trespassing fatalities increased 16.7% to 217.