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Trespasser Bulletin No. 5: Calendar Year 1996

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1997
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Accident Investigations
KEYWORDS: Accident Reports, Incident Reports, Casualties
ABSTRACT: [From the Introduction] Trespassers represent the second largest category of deaths associated with the operation of railroads and are only slightly surpassed by deaths that occur at highway-rail crossings. In 1996, 45.3% of all reported deaths were to trespassers and 47% occurred at highway-rail crossing sites. Railroads are required by law to make a monthly report to the Federal Railroad Administration and identify any accidents/incidents that occurred in connection with their operations. They are not required to report suicides or attempted suicides when making this report. This 1996 bulletin is the fifth edition. A publication was not prepared for 1995. However, each table provides a five year history from 1992 through 1996. These include summaries by State, age of individual, types of injuries sustained, month of incident, and reporting railroad. A highway user who goes around or through gates or other barriers designed to block access to a highway-rail crossing is classified as a trespasser for reporting purposes. A trespasser hurt or killed in this situation is generally excluded from this publication. However, they have been included in those tables and charts summarizing all railroad related casualties. Casualties to these individuals are included in the Highway-Rail Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin.