2006 was rail’s safest year ever
Last year was the safest in history for railroads in the United States with train accidents down 21.4 percent compared to 2005, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
“These records are a tribute to the commitment railroads have made to operate safely and to the dedication of our employees,” said Edward Hamberger, president and chief executive offer of the Association of American Railroads. “Making it even more impressive is the fact that rail traffic was at its highest point in history, and thousands of new employees were brought on board to help handle that record volume. We moved more freight, with fewer accidents.”