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1998-1999 U.S. Transportation Fatalities

   
1998
19991
Highway:
Passenger Cars
21,141
20,771
 
Light Trucks and Vans
10,665
11,208
 
Pedestrians
5,228
4,906
 
Motorcycles
2,292
2,471
 
Pedecycles
757
746
 
Medium and Heavy Trucks
739
755
 
Buses
38
58
 
All Other
641
696
 
Total
41,501
41,611
Grade Crossings: 2
 
(431)
(432)
Rail:
Intercity    
 
Trespassers and non-trespassers 3
601
530
 
Employees and Contractors
34
43
 
Passengers on Trains
4
14
 
Light, heavy and commuter rail4,5
192
218
 
Total
831
805
Marine:
     
 
Recreational Boating
815
729
 
Cargo Transport
52
42
 
Commercial fishing6
66
46
 
Commercial Passengers
17
36
 
Total
950
853
Aviation:
 
General Aviation
623
628
 
Airlines
1
12
 
Air Taxi
48
38
 
Commuter
0
12
 
Foreign / unregistered 7
16
1
 
Total
688
691

Pipeline:
     
 
Gas
17
22
 
Liquids
1
4
 
Total
18
26

Grand Total:  
43,988
43,986

1 1999 figures are preliminary estimates supplied by modal agencies within Department of Transportation.

2 Grade crossing fatalities are not counted as a separate category for determining the grand totals because they are included in the highway and rail categories, as appropriate.

3 Does not include motor vehicle occupants killed at grade crossings.

4 1998 figure includes heavy rail fatalities (54) reported by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Heavy rail is defined as an electric railway with the capacity for a heavy volume of traffic. It is characterized by rapid acceleration passenger cars on fixed rails, separate rights of way from all other traffic, sophisticated signaling and high platform loading.

5 Fatalities reported to the FTA for commuter rail operations may also be reported to the Federal Rail Administration and included in the intercity railroad fatalities.

6 Refers to only operational fatalities.

7 Includes non-U.S. registered aircraft involved in accidents in the U.S.

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