Fatal Train Accidents on Europe's Railways: 1980-2013

This paper examines fatal train collision and derailment accident rates involving European railways from 1980 to 2013. It includes data from European Union countries as well as Norway and Switzerland. The estimated overall trend in fatal train collisions and derailments per train-kilometre is –5.4% per year from 1990 to 2013. The estimated accident rate in 2013 is 1.26 fatal collisions or derailments per billion train-kilometres, giving an estimated mean number of fatal accidents in 2013 of 5.5. The number of fatal accidents in 2013 was 6. The number of fatalities in 2013 was 91 due to the severity of the passenger train derailment near Santiago de Compostela in Spain with 79 fatalities. This has the effect of raising the estimated overall number of fatalities per fatal accident by 7% from 4.04 in 1990-2012 to 4.31 in 1990-2013, and the estimated mean fatalities per year by 6% from 22.3 in 2012 to 23.7 in 2013. This document also includes a discussion of severe level crossing accident rates.


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  • Accession Number: 01526967
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 27 2014 4:26PM