Rail Statistics - 2008

Statistical Summary – Railway Occurrences 2008

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Figure 1. Figure 1 is a bar graph representing the number of rail accidents per year from 1999 to 2008.
In 1999 there were 1129 accidents.
In 2000 there were 1054 accidents.
In 2001 there were 1432 accidents.
In 2002 there were 1334 accidents.
In 2003 there were 1352 accidents.
In 2004 there were 1413 accidents.
In 2005 there were 1476 accidents.
In 2006 there were 1372 accidents.
In 2007 there were 1323 accidents.
In 2008 there were 1159 accidents.
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Figure 2. Figure 2 is a pie chart representing the percentages of rail accidents by type in 2008.
47.6% of rail accidents in 2008 were non-main-track train derailments.
19.2% of rail accidents in 2008 were crossing accidents.
11.1% of rail accidents in 2008 were main-track train derailments.
7.8% of rail accidents in 2008 were non-main-track train collisions.
0.5% of rail accidents in 2008 were main-track train collisions.
13.8% of rail accidents in 2008 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 1999 to 2008.
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 27 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, 56 trespasser accidents and 2 in all other types combined.
In 2008 there were 26 fatalities due to crossing accidents, 47 trespasser accidents and 1 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 1999 to 2008.
In 1999 there were 45 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 34 serious injuries in trespasser accidents and 21 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 55 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.
In 2008 there were 36 serious injuries in crossing accidents, 20 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 1999 to 2008.
In 1999 there were 248 main-track accidents at a rate of 3.1 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2000 there were 211 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.6 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2001 there were 250 main-track accidents at a rate of 3.1 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2002 there were 203 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.5 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2003 there were 230 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.9 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2004 there were 241 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.9 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2005 there were 268 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 3.2 accidents per million main-track train miles.
In 2008 there were 223 main-track accidents at a rate of 2.7 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 1999 to 2008.
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 132 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 160 main-track train derailments.
In 2005 there were 6 main-track train collisions and 198 main-track train derailments.
In 2006 there were 2 main-track train collisions and 139 main-track train derailments.
In 2007 there were 8 main-track train collisions and 159 main-track train derailments.
In 2008 there were 6 main-track train collisions and 129 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 1999 to 2008.
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 714 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 713 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2005 there were 98 non-main-track train collisions and 758 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2006 there were 110 non-main-track train collisions and 703 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2007 there were 102 non-main-track train collisions and 631 non-main-track train derailments.
In 2008 there were 90 non-main-track train collisions and 552 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 2008.
51% of crossing accidents occurred at public automated crossings in 2008.
28% of crossing accidents occurred at public passive crossings in 2008.
18% of crossing accidents occurred at private crossings in 2008.
3% of crossing accidents occurred at farm crossings in 2008.
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Figure 9. Figure 9 is a bar graph depicting the average number of crossing accidents by province for the years 2003 to 2007, compared to the number of crossing accidents by province for 2008.
In British Columbia there was an average of 28 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 32 in 2008.
In Alberta there was an average of 47 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2006 compared to 54 in 2008.
In Saskatchewan there was an average of 22 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 28 in 2008.
In Manitoba there was an average of 21 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 13 in 2008.
In Ontario there was an average of 72 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 66 in 2008.
In Quebec there was an average of 47 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 27 in 2008.
In New Brunswick there was an average of 4 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 2 in 2008.
In Nova Scotia there was an average of 3 crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to none in 2008.
In Newfoundland/Labrador there were no crossing accidents per year between 2003 and 2007, and 0 in 2008.
In Northwest Territories/Yukon there was an average of 1 crossing accident per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to none in 2008.
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Figure 10. Figure 10 is a bar graph depicting the average number of trespasser accidents by province for the years 2003 and 2007, compared to the number of trespasser accidents by province for 2008.
In British Columbia there was an average of 12 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 6 in 2008.
In Alberta there was an average of 12 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 and 7 in 2008.
In Saskatchewan there was an average of 1 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 3 in 2008.
In Manitoba there was an average of 5 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 4 in 2008.
In Ontario there was an average of 43 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 37 in 2008.
In Quebec there was an average of 11 trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 compared to 13 in 2008.
In New Brunswick there was an average of 1 accidents per year between 2003 and 2007, and 2 in 2008.
In Nova Scotia there was 1 trespasser accident per year between 2003 and 2007 and 1 in 2008.
In Newfoundland/Labrador there were no trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 and none in 2008.
In Northwwest Terriotories/Yukon there were no trespasser accidents per year between 2003 and 2007 and none in 2008.
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Figure 11. Figure 11 is a graph showing the number of rail incidents per year between 1999 and 2008.
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 223 incidents.
In 2008 there were 216 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 2003-2007 compared to the number of reportable rail incidents by type for the year 2008.
For the type Dangerous Goods Leaker there was an average of 115 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 64 incidents in 2008.
For the type Main-Track Switch in Abnormal Position there was an average of 9 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 13 incidents in 2008.
For the type Movement Exceeds Limits of Authority there was an average of 99 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 111 incidents in 2008.
For the type Runaway Rolling Stock there was an average of 13 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 16 incidents in 2008.
For the type Signal Less Restrictive than Required there was an average of 2 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 3 incidents in 2008.
For the type Unprotected Overlap of Authorities there was an average of 7 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 7 incidents in 2008.
For the type Crew Member Incapacitated there was an average of 3 incidents per year for the period 2003-2007 and 2 incidents in 2008.
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