Railroad Deaths and Injuries

Railroad deaths totaled 757 in 2020, a decrease of more than 12% from the 2019 revised total of 862 and the lowest since 2015. Nonfatal injuries totaled 5,479, a 33% decrease from the 2019 revised total of 7,983. From 2019 to 2020, fatalities at highway-rail crossings decreased 32%, while fatalities involving other types of incidents decreased 1%. The latter included 529 deaths (94%) attributed to trespassers. Ten employees were killed while on duty, a 25% increase compared to the 2019 death toll. There were two train passenger deaths, up from one death in 2019.

The ratio of railroad-related deaths to nonfatal injuries and illnesses is about 1:7. In 2020, railroad incidents resulted in 5,479 injuries, compared to 7,983 in 2019. Twelve percent of the total (684) occurred at rail-crossings, down 18% from the 2019 total of 835. Of the 2,960 nonfatal occupational railroad injuries and illnesses reported in 2020, 2% were attributed to highway-rail crossing incidents.

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