Operation Lifesaver: Rail Trespass Deaths, Injuries on the Rise
Updated On: Mar 05, 2013
While the number of vehicle-train collisions and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings decreased in the United States last year, the number of crossing-related fatalities remained flat and rail trespass deaths and injuries increased, according to Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI).
Citing the Federal Railroad Administration's preliminary 2012 statistics, OLI officials noted in a press release that the rail trespass deaths and injuries were at the highest levels since 2008. Fatalities to people trespassing on railroad tracks and property rose 7.5 percent year over year to 442, while trespass injuries climbed 10.4 percent to 405 in 2012 compared with the previous year, they said.