Trespass Casualties by State - Top 15 States

(Based on Preliminary 2018 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics) 

UPDATED 4/9/19

According to FRA statistics, 1,050 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2018. Approximately 70% of all Year 2018 trespass casualties occurred in the 15 states listed below.

RANK STATE TOTAL CASUALTIES DEATHS INJURIES
1. California 209 123 86
2. Texas 82 36 46
3. Florida 62 37 25
4. New York 52 38 14
5. Illinois 44 26 18
6. Pennsylvania 41 18 23
7. Ohio 36 21 15
8. Georgia 35 17 18
9. North Carolina 30 19 11
10. New Jersey 28 17 11
11. Washington 27 19 8
12. Tennessee 26 14 12
13. Kentucky 26 10 16
14. Louisiana 22 7 15
15. Colorado 22 7 15

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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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