Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Train accidents down sharply in six months

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor
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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.