Rail Safety Report

According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) report, total accidents/incidents in January-November 2012 declined 7.3% to 9,741 compared to the same time period in 2011.  In their ten year overview total accidents/incidents show a decline of 25.7% since 2003 when the total was 13,108.

The FRA reported train accidents fell 16.5% to 1,545 compared to 2011.  Derailments accounted for 1,136, down 14.7% and collisions declined 5.9% to 143.  There were 883 yard accidents, down 3.5%.  Highway/rail grade crossing fatalities dropped 7.6% to 214.  However, the number of trespassing fatalities increased 10.6% to 417.

For more details and charts please refer to the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis.

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