Fewer accidents on EU railways
The European Railway Agency has recently published the EU railway safety data for 2010. Since data were first collected in the EU in 2006, the year 2010 can be seen as the safest on EU railways. The data show that the positive trend continued in 2010 as there were 10% fewer fatalities compared to the previous year. 1,256 people were killed and a further 1,236 seriously injured on railways of 27 EU countries in 2010. Among the 1,256 fatalities reported, 60% (750) were other party victims: unauthorized persons on railway premises. Passenger and employee fatalities made up 5% of all persons killed on European railways, excluding suicides.