Railroad Deaths and Injuries

Railroad deaths totaled 907 in 2019, an increase of more than 11% from the 2018 revised total of 816 and the highest since 2007. Nonfatal injuries totaled 7,867, a 5% decrease from the 2018 revised total. From 2018 to 2019, fatalities at highway-rail crossings increased 14%, while fatalities involving other types of incidents increased 10%. The latter included 578 deaths (95%) attributed to trespassers. Nine employees were killed while on duty, a 47% decrease compared to the 2018 death toll. There was one train passenger death, down from six deaths in 2018.

The ratio of railroad-related deaths to nonfatal injuries and illnesses is about 1:9. In 2019, railroad incidents resulted in 7,867 injuries, compared to 8,269 in 2018. Ten percent of the total (815) occurred at rail-crossings, down 3% from the 2018 total of 845. Of the 3,895 nonfatal occupational railroad injuries and illnesses reported in 2019, 2% were attributed to highway-rail crossing incidents.

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