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Posted: 16 September 2012
RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS - INFORMATION FOLLOWS (all others can read
about RRJ and CornHo's Irish beer experiences. LOL).
Los Angeles, CA — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear
testimony from passengers who were injured in the September 12, 2008,
Chatsworth Metrolink train crash and survivors of passengers who were
killed in the accident. The issue before the court will be how the $200
million settlement fund will be divided among crash victims and their
Federal railroad investigators determined that the engineer of the
commuter train was texting when he ran a red light in the Chatsworth
area of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and struck a
Union Pacific freight train. The engineer, an employee of Connex
Railroad, the operator of California’s Metrolink system, was one of the
25 people killed in the crash.
Kansas car/train crash victims identified
by admin on February 19, 2011
Butler County, KS — Kansas investigators have identified the bodies of
two people killed in a car/train railroad crossing accident in Butler
County earlier this year. The crossing where 32 year-old woman and her
15 month-old son were struck by a train was not marked with warning
signs, gates or lights.
The BNSF train that hit the car was pulling tank cars filled with
ethanol. After collision at the unmarked railroad crossing, the train
dragged the car for a mile before the car was thrust loose into a ditch
and caught fire. The 1999 Ford Taurus was fully engulfed in flames
when officers arrived at the scene of the crash. The bodies were
burned beyond recognition. Neither railroad investigators nor Sheriff’s
officials have announced the cause of the crash, which happened shortly
before 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 28, 2011.
Mother of train crossing accident victim wants safety changes at
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 8:08 PM CDT Updated: Oct 24, 2011 11:02 PM CDT
Posted by Craig Pollock - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Just days after her daughter was killed in a
train accident, a Kentucky mother is demanding safety changes at
Investigators in Mercer County believe that 19-year-old Sophia Ammons
couldn't see the train coming early October 15 because the sun was in
While the railroad crossing is marked with lights, there are no
crossing arms. Sophia's mother said such a simple measure could have
saved her daughter's life.
"I don't want her death to be in vain," said Phillita Ammons. "I
know she loved people and she loved kids. I want to prevent another
child from dying if not just on Bohon Road in Harrodsburg but all over
The railroad company, Norfolk Southern, said the Kentucky Department of
Transportation is responsible for installing crossing arms.
NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
The National Transportation Safety Board indicates that 60% of all
crossing fatalities occur at unprotected crossings and that
approximately 80% of all public railroad crossings are not protected by
lights and safety gates. The most common types or railroad accidents are
collisions with other trains, derailment, collisions with passenger
vehicles, improperly maintained tracks, mechanical failure and driver
inexperience and fatigue.
Statistics regarding railroad accidents:
• Every 90 minutes there is a train collision or derailment.
• A train carrying hazardous material goes off the tracks approximately
every 2 weeks in the United States.
• Railroads are essentially self-regulated and do come under the close
scrutiny of the federal government.
• Rail companies expend very little effort to update their safety
• More than 50% of all railroad accidents occur at unprotected
crossings and, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, over
80% of railroad crossings don't have adequate warning devices.
• Statistics may show that although "vehicle v. train collisions"
have decreased in the last few years, "pedestrian v. train
collisions" have increased.
Despite the accumulation of statistics such as these, there still are
many unsafe rail crossings. Some are unsafe because of a failure to
maintain the safety equipment in place at the crossing; others are
unsafe because no safety equipment has been installed.
1.01 - Accident/Incident Overview
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SELECTION: RAILROAD - ALL / January TO June, 2012
TOTAL ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS: 5,177 Number of fatal
accidents/incidents 360 6.95%
Overall frequency rate: 14.09 Total train miles:
Total fatalities: 362 Switching miles:
Total nonfatal conditions: 3,664 Employee hours:
Total accidents/incidents is the sum of train accidents, highway-rail
incidents, and other incidents.
Total accident/incident rate is the number of events times 1,000,000
divided by total train miles.
TOTAL TRAIN ACCIDENTS: 812 Number of fatal train
accidents 1 0.12%
Number per million train miles: 2.21 Collisions:
Total fatalities: 3 Derailments:
Total nonfatal conditions: 33 Other accidents:
Human factors: 36.21% 294 Track defects:
Equipment defects: 12.32% 100 Signal defects:
Miscellaneous causes: 15.76% 128
Number of accidents on yard track: 464 57.14% of all train
Nbr per million yard train miles: 10.96 For other tracks:
Train accidents represent 15.68% of all reported events.
Number of train accidents involving passenger trains 22 2.71%
Number of train accidents that resulted in a release of hazardous
material 7 0.86% of total
Number of persons evacuated 228 Number of rail cars releasing
A train accident is an event involving ontrack rail equipment that
results in monetary damage to the equipment
and track above a certain threshold. Lading, clearing costs,
environmental damage is not included.
INCIDENTS(not at crossings)
Number per million train miles: 2.59 Frequency per million
train miles: 1.19
Total fatalities: 125 Total
Total nonfatal conditions: 401 Total nonfatal
Number of fatal crossing incidents 127 13.34%
Highway-rail and trespassing incidents account for 94.48% of all
Highway-rail incidents represent 18.39% of all reported events.
A highway-rail incident is any impact between a rail and a highway user
at a crossing site, regardless of severity.
Includes motor vehicles and other highway/roadway/sidewalk users at
both public and private crossings.
OTHER INCIDENTS: 3,413 Number of fatal other
incidents 232 6.80% of other incidents
Other incidents account for: 65.93% of all
Total fatalities: 234 6 Number to employees
on duty. Trespassers 217
Total nonfatal conditions: 3,230 1,792 Number to
employees on duty
Other incidents include any event where that caused a death, an injury,
or an occupational illness
to a railroad employee. Most fatalities in this category are to
EMPLOYEES ON DUTY CASES: 1,873 Frequency per 200,000
hours worked: 1.61
Total fatalities: 9 2.49% of all fatalities
Total nonfatal conditions: 1,864 50.87% of all nonfatal
Passengers carried: 330,713,389 Passenger miles: 10,046,673,783
Total passenger deaths 4. Total passengers injured 628.
The frequency of passenger cases per 100,000,000 passenger miles is
6.29 Passenger cases include all circumstances;including getting
off/on standing trains, stumbling aboard trains, assaults, train
accidents, crossing incidents, etc.
A passenger mile is the movement of a passenger one mile.