Train Accidents Decline In Virginia

March 5, 2008

(AP) U.S. Department of Transportation data shows train accidents in Virginia have declined over the last three years.

The preliminary data released Tuesday says there were 40 train accidents in Virginia last year, compared to 53 in 2006 and 55 in

Nationally, the number of accidents declined for the third consecutive year. Railroads had 406 fewer train accidents nationwide last year compared to 2006. And there have been 833 fewer train accidents when comparing totals from 2004 and last year.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters says some of the safety gains can be attributed to the 2005 implementation of a Federal Railroad Administration safety action plan.

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