The Federal Railroad Administration keeps record of the number of incidents that occur in the railroad industry; this includes illnesses, injuries, and even deaths to railroad workers and train passengers. From January to September in 2010, there were more than 8,400 total train incidents, of which, more than 550 were fatal.
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According to the Texas Department of Transportation, a person is 40 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than a collision with another vehicle. In 2010, more than 2,800 train wrecks and rail-way collisions were reported. Of the train wrecks, 157 occurred in Texas—the most in any state.
To prevent train wrecks from occurring, it is illegal in Texas to cross railroad tracks if a train is in sight—motorists and pedestrians must yield to the right of way of trains. It is also illegal to drive around gates that are lowered at a railroad crossing.
The majority of train injuries reported in 2010 were work-related. More than 5,500 injuries and occupational illnesses were reported. There were nearly 400 incidents that resulted in death.
Passenger incidents include accidents that occur while boarding or departing the train or crossing the tracks, and being attacked while riding in the train. More than 400 million passengers traveled by train in 2010, and of these passengers, 927 were injured and four were killed.