Trespass Casualties by State - Top 15 States

(Based on Preliminary 2016 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics) 

UPDATED 3/5/17

According to FRA statistics, 994 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2016. Approximately 72% of all Year 2016 trespass casualties occurred in the 15 states listed below.

RANK STATE TOTAL CASUALTIES DEATHS INJURIES
1. California 191 101 90
2. Texas 89 38 51
3. Florida 63 37 26
4. New York 54 27 27
5. Pennsylvania 45 26 19
6. Illinois 39 22 17
7. Georgia 35 19 16
8. North Carolina 35 23 12
9. Ohio 34 16 18
10. New Jersey 30 18 12
11. Arizona 22 11 11
12. Kentucky 21 12 9
13. Maryland 21 14 7
14. Tennessee 20 9 11
15. Massachusetts 20 13 7

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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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