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Train Fatalities, Injuries, and Accidents by Type of Accident

Dataset Table:

Year Fatalities, total Derailments Collisions Other 1
1980 29 8 20 1 2
1985 8 2 6 0 3
1990 10 2 8 0 4
1991 19 10 5 4 5

Embedded Dataset Excel:

Dataset Excel:



This table includes information for both freight and passenger railroad operations. It is train accidents only.


KEY:  R = revised.

a Excludes highway-rail grade crossing accidents.

b In 2002, 1,441 injures were due to a single derailment in North Dakota involving hazardous materials.


U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Safety Analysis, Train Accidents by Type and Major Cause from Form FRA F 6180.54, table 3.16, Accident Summary Tables, available at as of Apr. 9, 2020.