National Transportation Safety Board
2001-2002 U.S. Transportation Fatalities
   
2001
20021
Highway: Passenger cars 20,320 20,416
  Light trucks and vans 11,718 12,182
  Pedestrians 4,901 4,808
  Motorcycles 3,197 3,244
  Pedalcycles2 732 662
  Medium and heavy trucks 708 684
  Buses 34 45
  Other3 581 774
  Total, Highway 42,196 42,815
       
Grade Crossings:4   (421) (356)
       
Rail: Intercity5-    
    Trespassers and nontrespassers6 597 603
    Employees and contractors 26 31
    Passengers 3 7
  Transit7-    
    Light, heavy, and commuter rail 197 220
  Total, Rail 823 861
       
Marine: Recreational boating 681 750
  Cargo transport 38 17
  Commercial fishing8 35 19
  Commercial passengers 18 7
  Total, Marine 772 793
       
Aviation: General aviation 562 576
  Airlines9 531 0
  Air taxi 60 33
  Commuter 13 0
  Foreign/unregistered10 5 9
  Total, Aviation 1,171 618
       
Pipeline: Gas 7 10
  Liquids 0 1
  Total, Pipeline 7 11
       
  Total 44,969 45,098

1 Numbers for 2002 are preliminary estimates. Aviation data are from the NTSB; all other data are from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

2 Includes bicycles or other cycles.

3 Includes vehicle occupant fatalities in other vehicle types; for example, farm or construction equipment.

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

5 Data reported to Federal Rail Administration (FRA).

6 Includes persons on railroad property without permission (trespassers) and with permission, such as repair personnel (nontrespassers). Does not include motor vehicle occupants killed at grade crossings.

7 Data reported to Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Fatalities for commuter rail operations may also be reported to the FRA and may be included in the intercity railroad fatalities.

8 Refers to operational fatalities.

9 Of the 531 airline fatalities in 2001, 265 occurred aboard the four hijacked airplanes on September 11, 2001.

10 Includes non-U.S. registered aircraft involved in accidents in the United States.



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