Railroad Deaths and Injuries

Railroad deaths totaled 831 in 2017, an increase of more than 9% from the 2016 revised total of 757 and the highest since 2007. Nonfatal injuries remained relatively stable at 8,646. From 2016 to 2017, fatalities at highway-rail crossings increased 7%, and fatalities involving other types of incidents increased 11%. The latter included 520 deaths (92%) attributed to trespassers. Twelve employees were killed while on duty, a 14% decrease compared to the 2016 death toll. There were nine train passenger deaths, representing a 350% increase over the 2016 total of two deaths.

The ratio of railroad-related deaths to nonfatal injuries and illnesses is about 1:10. In 2017, railroad incidents resulted in 8,646 injuries, compared to 8,643 in 2016. Nine percent of the total (829) occurred at rail-crossings, down 2% from the 2016 total of 848. Of the 4,177 nonfatal occupational railroad injuries and illnesses reported in 2017, 1% was attributed to highway-rail crossing incidents.

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