Transportation fatalities in the United States rose .2% last year over those in 1999, according to preliminary figures by the National Transportation Safety Board.
In 2000, 44,186 people died in highway, rail, marine, aviation and pipeline accidents, up from 44,093 in 1999. Increases in fatalities were shown in highway, aviation and pipeline while rail and marine fatalities declined.
Highway fatalities, which account for more than 94% of all transportation deaths, rose from 41,717 in 1999 to 41,800 in 2000. Fatalities at roadway/railway grade crossings increased from 402 to 425.
Rail fatalities declined from 783 to 770, despite an increase in pedestrian fatalities associated with intercity rail operations. Deaths among passengers on trains declined from 14 to 4. Fatalities occuring on light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail dropped from 196 to 194.
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