Europe: ERA says level crossing accidents up by 11% & casualties up by 20% in 2012

22 Oct

The European Rail Agency (ERA) has released statistics for 2012, including level crossing accidents, which saw an 11% year-to-year increase in 2012; this constitutes a substantial share of the total number of significant accidents. European Union (EU) Member States reported that 373 level-crossing users were killed and 336 were seriously injured in a total of 573 accidents occurring on more than 114,120 level crossings in the EU. The number of level crossing user casualties (fatalities and serious injuries) increased by 20% in 2012, a reversal in an otherwise decreasing trend registered over the past five years. It follows a 20% decrease in level crossing user casualties in 2011.

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