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FRA safety stats: U.S. roads post year-over-year progress, but train accidents continue to proliferate


The Federal Railroad Administration recently released its preliminary January-to-October 2003 safety statistics, which show U.S. railroads reduced highway-rail incidents, total accidents/incidents, and employee and trespasser fatalities and injuries, but recorded more train accidents compared with similar 2002 data.

During the 10 months, highway-rail incidents totaled 2,397, decreasing 6.6 percent compared with 2,567 during the same 2002 period. Employee fatalities dropped 5.6 percent from 18 to 17; non-fatal employee injuries, 10.4 percent, from 5,670 to 5,079; trespasser fatalities, 8.6 percent, from 466 to 426; and non-fatal trespasser injuries, 4.8 percent, from 356 to 339.

U.S. roads also decreased total accidents/incidents 5.6 percent, from 12,132 to 11,450; total fatalities, 11.4 percent, from 816 to 723; and total non-fatal injuries, 23.8 percent, from 9,677 to 7,371 compared with 2002 data.

However, train accidents totaled 2,360, increasing 3.4 percent compared with 2,282 accidents during the same 2002 period. Miscellaneous and signal causes, and collisions led to more accidents, increasing 17.0 percent, 14.6 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

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