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U.S. train accidents, derailments declined in 2005

Posted on March 21, 2006

The number of overall U.S. train accidents and derailments declined according to the latest statistics compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration. Preliminary full-year data comparing 2005 with 2004 shows that overall train accidents decreased 7.9%, including an 8.4% reduction in the number of derailments, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. In addition, the number of highway-rail grade crossing fatalities declined 3.5% and the grade crossing collision rate reached an all-time record low of 3.81 per million train miles. Human-factor caused train accidents -- the leading cause of all train accidents -- decreased 12.8% last year, Mineta said.

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