Injuries and fatalities, 2000-2014

Deaths

of 224 deaths

Injuries

of 2,228 injuries

Killed and injured on and by Amtrak trains

In more than 2,000 accidents since 2000, Amtrak has had at least 222 deaths (records are still being collected for the most recent years) and more than 2,200 deaths. The greatest bulk of injures are to passengers, but deaths are most likely to be in people who are hit by trains. Passenger service has increased since 2008, lowering the rate of accidents per traveler mile.

Accidents
Injuries
Deaths

Derailments and collisions with vehicles

Derailments are Amtrak's most common kind of accident, but not the deadliest.

Derailments

Derailments happen most often on the heavily traveled routes near major cities, especially in the Northeast Corridor. But they cause relatively few deaths — only six since 2000 before Tuesday's crash in Philadelphia. Maps shows the location of 447 major Amtrak derailments.

Vehicle collisions

Trains are more likely to hit cars and trucks away from the large cities, where tracks are usually isolated from traffic. In rural areas, train-crossing collisions claim many more lives. Maps shows the location of 376 train-auto crashes. Older accidents lack detailed location data.

Editor's picks

Mapping the wreckage of the derailed Amtrak train

More than 200 people were injured and seven died.

What it was like moments after the wreck

Passengers described screams, darkness and falling debris in one of Amtrak's worst derailments in years.