Trespass Casualties by State - Top 15 States

(Based on Preliminary 2014 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics) 

UPDATED 3/30/15

According to FRA statistics, 945 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2014. Approximately 70% of all Year 2014 trespass casualties occurred in the 15 states listed below.

RANK STATE TOTAL CASUALTIES DEATHS INJURIES
1. California 154 101 53
2. Texas 81 42 39
3. Illinois 54 35 19
4. Pennsylvania 53 27 26
5. Florida 51 27 24
6. New York 43 28 15
7. North Carolina 31 20 11
8. New Jersey 30 19 11
9. Ohio 30 13 17
10. Georgia 29 18 11
11. Louisiana 22 8 14
12. Tennessee 22 12 10
13. Indiana 21 10 11
14. Virginia 19 8 11
15. Massachusetts 17 10 7

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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