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Train running parallel to a road in rural Minnesota

Total Number of Rail Derailments Each Year

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Why is the Total Number of Rail Derailments Each Year Important?


Train derailments occur when one or more wheels of a rail car or locomotive come off of steel railroad tracks. Derailments are an indicator of relative safety of the railroad system, as they can cause death, serious injury, hazardous materials release and property damage. Derailments can be caused by issues with track, equipment, signals, human error, and track obstructions.