Rail Statistics - 2007

Statistical Summary – Railway Occurrences 2007

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Figure 1. Figure 1 is a bar graph representing the number of rail accidents per year from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 1075 accidents.
In 1999 there were 1129 accidents.
In 2000 there were 1054 accidents.
In 2001 there were 1432 accidents.
In 2002 there were 1335 accidents.
In 2003 there were 1352 accidents.
In 2004 there were 1413 accidents.
In 2005 there were 1477 accidents.
In 2006 there were 1377 accidents.
In 2007 there were 1323 accidents.
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Figure 2. Figure 2 is a pie chart representing the percentages of rail accidents by type in 2007.
47.8% of rail accidents in 2007 were non-main-track train derailments.
16.3% of rail accidents in 2007 were crossing accidents.
12.1% of rail accidents in 2007 were main-track train derailments.
7.9% of rail accidents in 2007 were non-main-track train collisions.
0.6% of rail accidents in 2007 were main-track train collisions.
15.3% of rail accidents in 2007 were due to other causes.
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Figure 3. Figure 3 is a bar graph representing the number of fatalities by type of occurrence from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 39 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 61 trespasser accidents and 1 in all other types combined.
In 1999 there were 37 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 62 trespasser accidents and 7 in all other types combined.
In 2000 there were 34 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 53 trespasser accidents and 1 in all other types combined.
In 2001 there were 41 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 56 trespasser accidents and 2 in all other types combined.
In 2002 there were 46 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 50 trespasser accidents and 0 in all other types combined.
In 2003 there were 28 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 45 trespasser accidents and 6 in all other types combined.
In 2004 there were 26 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 67 trespasser accidents and 8 in all other types combined.
In 2005 there were 38 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 63 trespasser accidents and 2 in all other types combined.
In 2006 there were 28 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 59 trespasser accidents and 8 in all other types combined.
In 2007 there were 26 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 57 trespasser accidents and 2 in all other types combined.
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Figure 4. Figure 4 is a bar graph representing the number of serious injuries by type of accident per year from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 43 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 17 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 15 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 1999 there were 45 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 34 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 20 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2000 there were 33 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 23 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 11 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2001 there were 47 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 23 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 21 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2002 there were 42 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 21 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 10 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2003 there were 52 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 19 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 10 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2004 there were 50 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 34 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 9 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2005 there were 54 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 17 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 6 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2006 there were 28 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 28 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 14 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
In 2007 there were 22 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 27 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 8 serious injuries in all other types of accidents combined.
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Figure 5. Figure 5 is a bar graph that shows main-track accidents and main-track accident rates per million main-track train miles per year for the years 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 226 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.9 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 1999 there were 237 main-track accidents at a rate of 3.0 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2000 there were 213 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.7 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2001 there were 244 main-track accidents at a rate of 3.1 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2002 there were 210 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.6 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2003 there were 223 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.8 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2004 there were 237 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.9 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2005 there were 270 main-track accidents at a rate of 3.1 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2006 there were 222 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.6 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2007 there were 268 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.3 accidents per million main-track train miles.
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Figure 6. Figure 6 is a bar graph showing the number of main-track train derailments and the number of main-track train collisions per year from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 14 main-track train collisions and 108 main-track train derailments.
In 1999 there were 10 main-track train collisions and 119 main-track train derailments.
In 2000 there were 9 main-track train collisions and 122 main-track train derailments.
In 2001 there were 7 main-track train collisions and 131 main-track train derailments.
In 2002 there were 9 main-track train collisions and 124 main-track train derailments.
In 2003 there were 6 main-track train collisions and 156 main-track train derailments.
In 2004 there were 5 main-track train collisions and 161 main-track train derailments.
In 2005 there were 6 main-track train collisions and 198 main-track train derailments.
In 2006 there were 3 main-track train collisions and 141 main-track train derailments.
In 2007 there were 8 main-track train collisions and 160 main-track train derailments.
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Figure 7. Figure 7 is a bar graph showing the number of non-main-track train derailments and the number of non-main-track train collisions per year from 1998 to 2007.
In 1998 there were 114 non-main-track train collisions and 388 non-main-track train derailments.
In 1999 there were 100 non-main-track train collisions and 403 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2000 there were 113 non-main-track train collisions and 387 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2001 there were 108 non-main-track train collisions and 713 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2002 there were 131 non-main-track train collisions and 664 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2003 there were 111 non-main-track train collisions and 695 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2004 there were 123 non-main-track train collisions and 712 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2005 there were 98 non-main-track train collisions and 759 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2006 there were 109 non-main-track train collisions and 704 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2007 there were 104 non-main-track train collisions and 633 non-main-track train derailments.
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Figure 8. Figure 8 is a pie chart that shows the breakdown of crossing accidents by type of crossing in 2007.
48% of crossing accidents occurred at public automated crossings in 2007.
34% of crossing accidents occurred at public passive crossings in 2007.
16% of crossing accidents occurred at private crossings in 2007.
2% of crossing accidents occurred at farm crossings in 2007.
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Figure 9. Figure 9 is a bar graph depicting the average number of crossing accidents by province for the years 2002 to 2006, compared to the number of crossing accidents by province for 2007.
In British Columbia there was an average of 26 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 32 in 2007.
In Alberta there was an average of 49 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 45 in 2007.
In Saskatchewan there was an average of 22 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 23 in 2007.
In Manitoba there was an average of 24 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 20 in 2007.
In Ontario there was an average of 77 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 52 in 2007.
In Quebec there was an average of 48 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 39 in 2007.
In New Brunswick there was an average of 4 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 3 in 2007.
In Nova Scotia there was an average of 3 crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to none in 2007.
In Newfoundland/Labrador there were no crossing accidents per year between 2002 and 2006, and 0 in 2007.
In Northwest Territories/Yukon there was an average of 1 crossing accident per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to none in 2007.
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Figure 10. Figure 10 is a bar graph depicting the average number of trespasser accidents by province for the years 2002 and 2006, compared to the number of trespasser accidents by province for 2007.
In British Columbia there was an average of 11 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 15 in 2007.
In Alberta there was an average of 10 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 and 14 in 2007.
In Saskatchewan there was an average of 1 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to none in 2007.
In Manitoba there was an average of 4 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 7 in 2007.
In Ontario there was an average of 42 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 47 in 2007.
In Quebec there was an average of 11 trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 compared to 12 in 2007.
In New Brunswick there was an average of 1 accidents per year between 2002 and 2006, and 5 in 2007.
In Nova Scotia there was 1 trespasser accident per year between 2002 and 2006 and 2 in 2007.
In Newfoundland/Labrador there were no trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 and none in 2007.
In Northwwest Terriotories/Yukon there were no trespasser accidents per year between 2002 and 2006 and none in 2007.
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Figure 11. Figure 11 is a graph showing the number of rail incidents per year between 1998 and 2007.
In 1998 there were 438 incidents.
In 1999 there were 333 incidents.
In 2000 there were 330 incidents.
In 2001 there were 329 incidents.
In 2002 there were 308 incidents.
In 2003 there were 295 incidents.
In 2004 there were 257 incidents.
In 2005 there were 245 incidents.
In 2006 there were 221 incidents.
In 2007 there were 225 incidents.
Statistical analysis using linear regression indicates there has been a significant downward trend (p<.001) of reported railway incidents over the last 10 years.
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Figure 12. Figure 12 is a graph depicting the average of reportable rail incidents per year by type for the period 2002-2006 compared to the number of reportable rail incidents by type for the year 2007.
For the type Dangerous Goods Leaker there was an average of 131 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 90 incidents in 2007.
For the type Main-Track Switch in Abnormal Position there was an average of 10 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 8 incidents in 2007.
For the type Movement Exceeds Limits of Authority there was an average of 98 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 105 incidents in 2007.
For the type Runaway Rolling Stock there was an average of 14 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 13 incidents in 2007.
For the type Signal Less Restrictive than Required there was an average of 3 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and no incidents in 2007.
For the type Unprotected Overlap of Authorities there was an average of 6 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 8 incidents in 2007.
For the type Crew Member Incapacitated there was an average of 4 incidents per year for the period 2002-2006 and 1 incidents in 2007.
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