Railroad deaths in Connecticut and the nation

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About 96 percent of all rail-related fatalities result from incidents at railroad crossings and involve trespassers, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

There are more than 140,000 miles of railroad track and 200,000 crossings across the nation.

Connecticut had only four railroad-related casualties in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In New England, Vermont had the second-highest rate of casualties in the country at almost 8 per million residents.

Nationally in 2015, 244 individuals died at railroad crossings, down from 264 in 2014.

The Department of Transportation recently launched a new website to help educate drivers, pedestrians, and law enforcement on the dangers of trespassing at rail crossings.

Casualties by railroad in Connecticut
Railroad 2012 2013 2014 2015
Amtrak 0 1 4 3
Metro North 0 3 3 1
Providence & Worcester 2 1 0 0
Connecticut Southern 1 0 1 0
CDOT 1 0 0 0
U.S. Department of Transportation

Most casualties in Connecticut were connected to Amtrak trains.

Metro North outnumbered Amtrak casualties in 2013.

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