How safe is rail travel in the United States?


Following Tuesday’s Amtrak accident in Philadelphia that left at least seven people dead, the NewsHour explored 25 years of railroad passenger fatality data from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

According to the data, 213 passengers died in train-related accidents in the U.S. during this time period. The data so far is updated through February and does not include the seven people who died as a result of Tuesday’s derailment. The three deadliest years for railroad passenger travel occurred in 1993, 2005 and 2008, with the worst accident taking place in 1993 after a barge drifted into an Alabama rail bridge, killing 42 passengers.