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« on: February 18, 2020, 09:39:02 pm »

From the Daily Mail

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - One person died Tuesday morning when a car was hit by a high speed train in South Florida, officials said.

The Brightline train, which operates between Miami and West Palm Beach, struck the car at an intersection in Pompano Beach about 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, said sheriff's spokeswoman Gerdy St. Louis. One person was confirmed dead.

Witnesses to the crash said the vehicle went around the guard rails, a Brightline spokesman told The Associated Press.

More than 40 people have been killed by the train, which travels at speeds up to 79 mph (127 kph) through some of Florida's most densely populated cities, according to records. An analysis of data by The Associated Press in December found the death rate is about one for every 29,000 miles (47,000 kilometers) the trains have traveled, which is the worst per-mile death rate of the nation's 821 railroads.

A sobering statistic ... has me wondering what the UK figure is.  Noting the figure quoted relates to all deaths and not just passenger deaths which are minuscule in the overall total.

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2020, 10:37:38 am »

Does it include staff deaths?
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2020, 11:01:50 am »

I've had a look at ORR's statistics for 2018-19. From these, we see that:
  • the total number of kilometres travelled by trains (national rail network and London Underground) was 150,500,000. This represented 142m Km passenger and 8.5m Km freight.
  • the total number of fatalities was 331. This represented 2 workforce, 17 passengers (13 national rail, 4 London Underground, none as a result of an accident on a train as a passenger), 10 accidents to other members of the public and 302 suicides or apparent suicides.

To give the UK equivalent of the Florida statistic, there is one fatality on average every 454,683 Km (282,527 miles) travelled by a train. Taking suicides from the calculation, there is one death every 5,189,655 Km (3,224,702 miles). That makes the incidence around a tenth of the Florida number if suicides are included or less than one percent if they are not.

2018/19 was the 12th successive year without a single fatality of a passenger on a train on the national rail network or London Underground, the last being the Pendolino accident at Grayrigg.
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