Trespass Casualties by State - Top 15 States

(Based on Preliminary 2015 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics) 

UPDATED 3/25/16

According to FRA statistics, 909 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2015. Approximately 71% of all Year 2015 trespass casualties occurred in the 15 states listed below.

RANK STATE TOTAL CASUALTIES DEATHS INJURIES
1. California 145 98 47
2. Texas 69 27 42
3. Florida 53 35 18
4. New York 46 23 23
5. Illinois 41 23 18
6. Pennsylvania 40 23 17
7. New Jersey 36 25 11
8. Ohio 35 19 16
9. Washington 33 19 14
10. Georgia 28 14 14
11. North Carolina 28 15 13
12. Indiana 27 13 14
13. Tennessee 25 14 11
14. Kentucky 20 10 10
15. Louisiana 19 6 13

Remember - rails and recreation do NOT mix!

Track Facts and Tips

  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is not only dangerous, it's illegal. Trespassers can be arrested and fined - the ultimate penalty is death.
  • The ONLY legal, safe place to cross tracks is at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
  • Do not walk, run, cycle or operate all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks, rights-of-way or through tunnels.
  • There are approximately 160,000 miles of track operated in the United States (source: Association of American Railroads, 2010).
  • Do not  walk, jog, hunt, fish or bungee jump on railroad trestles. They are not designed to be sidewalks or pedestrian bridges; there is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.
  • Do not attempt to jump aboard railroad equipment at any time. A slip of the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.
  • Remember - rails and recreation do NOT mix!

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