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Fatalities - U.S. train crashes 2005-2019

In the United States, the number of rail fatalities in 2019 increased to 937 in total. By comparison, the number of rail accidents and injuries saw a decline between 2018 and 2019 and was overall at its lowest in 2019 since 2013.

Fatalities through modes of transport

Generally, over the past few years, rail fatalities have constituted a small proportion of the overall fatalities occurring from transportation; highway fatalities surpassed rail fatalities by far back in 2017. Car accidents represent the leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 20 and 24 in the U.S., with over 5,000 reported fatal crashes within this age group in 2018.

Rail safety in the U.S.

Following the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, positive train control (PTC) technology is currently being installed nationwide across the rail network, with the deadline now pushed back to December 31, 2020. This PTC system sets out to prevent rail collisions, derailments due to excessive speed, and accidents caused by track switch errors. This Safety Act also regulates working hours for railroad workers, certifications held by certain members of the railroad workforce, and other safety measures.

Fatalities in U.S. railroad accidents from 2005 to 2019

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Select Total fatalities and 2019 from the dropdown to generate the data.
* 2019 data is preliminary.

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