The following conclusions can be derived from the 7-year 2012-2018 average railroad-related fatalities
- Trespasser fatalities and suicides represent slightly less than three-quarters (45.5%+26.4%=71.9%) of the fatalities
- Highway-rarilroad crossing fatalities represent slightly less than a quarter (24.1%) of the fatalities
The 1972 and 1994 goals set by the respective Secretaries of Transportation drove down the highway-railroad crossing fatalities remarkably. But, today, they do not address three-quarters of the railway-related fatalities.
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The table was adapted from a working paper “FRA Listening Session–Technology Oportunities March 28, 2019” by Stephen Laffey,, Railroad Safety Specialist, Illinois Commerce Commission and DRSC board member.