Rail Accident Database

Tracking fatal rail accidents
Accidents occurring in Western Europe, North America and Japan from 2013 onwards
(last updated on 9th February 2021)
20/08/20USABaltimoreA car was crushed between two light rail trains1 killed
2 injured
19/08/20ItalyCarnateA crewless passenger train ran away from Paderno d’Adda and derailed at Carnate-Usmate station3 killed
12/08/20UKCarmontAn InterCity passenger train derailed after colliding with a landslip following severe rainfall3 killed
6 injured
31/07/20PortugalSoureA high-speed passenger train derailed after colliding with an overhead line maintenance vehicle2 killed
43 injured
02/06/20SpainLa HiniestaA high-speed passenger train collided with a lorry that had fallen from a bridge onto the track2 killed
22/05/20NetherlandsHooghalenA passenger train collided with an agricultural vehicle1 killed
2 injured
03/04/20GermanyAugenA freight train collided with part of a concrete bridge that was being replaced and had fallen onto the track1 killed
3 injured
27/03/20USANew YorkAn arsonist caused a series of fires on the subway system with one on board a train while in service1 killed
16 injured
06/02/20ItalyLivragaA passenger train was derailed at high speed due to incorrectly set points on a passing loop2 killed
31 injured
05/09/19JapanYokohamaA passenger train derailed after colliding with a lorry on a level crossing1 killed
34 injured
03/07/19UKMargamTrack workers working on a set of points were struck by a passenger train2 killed
26/02/19USAWestbury, New YorkTwo Long Island Rail Road trains hit a pickup truck on a railroad crossing3 killed
08/02/19SpainManresaHead-on collision between two passenger trains1 killed
1 injured
04/02/19CanadaField, British ColombiaA westbound Canadian Pacific train derailed3 killed
02/01/19DenmarkGreat Belt CrossingA DSB express passenger train is hit by an object from a passing cargo train8 killed
16 injured
13/12/18TurkeyAnkaraA high-speed train collides with a pilot locomotive9 killed
48 injured
04/10/18USAGranite Canyon, WyomingA Union Pacific freight train lost its brakes (due to a damaged air hose and communication failure) and collided with the rear of a stationary train2 killed
20/09/18NetherlandsOssA passenger train collided with a Stint cart on a level crossing4 killed
2 injured
08/07/18TurkeyTekirdağ provinceHeavy rain undermined the track and caused a passenger train to derail24 killed
318 injured
23/05/18ItalyCaluso, near TurinA passenger train collided with a lorry that crashed through the barriers on a level crossing2 killed
18 injured
07/05/18GermanyAichach, BavariaA passenger train collided head-on with a freight train parked on the same track2 killed
12/02/18AustriaNiklasdorfSide-on collision between two passenger trains resulting in the derailment of several carriages1 killed
22 injured
04/02/18USACayce, S. CarolinaAn Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train2 killed
116 injured
31/01/18USACrozet, VirginiaA chartered Amtrak train collided with a garbage truck at a level crossing1 killed
6 injured
25/01/18ItalyMilanPassenger train derailment – cause unknown3 killed
100 injured
18/12/17USAWashingtonOn its inaugural run, a passenger train was over-speeding and derailed on a low speed curve on a highway over-bridge3 killed
80 injured
14/12/17FrancePerpignanA passenger train collided with a school bus on a level crossing6 killed
24 injured
27/11/17BelgiumMorlanweizFollowing a level crossing collision, in which no-one was injured, the train ran away and collided with a group of track workers2 killed
7 injured
26/10/17FinlandRaseborgA passenger train collided with an off-road military lorry4 killed
4 injured
13/05/17GreeceAdendroPassenger train derailed and collided with a neighbouring house3 killed
10 injured
07/03/17USABiloxiFreight train collided with a bus that was stuck on the tracks at a level crossing4 killed
18/02/17BelgiumLeuvenPassenger train derailed and the leading car fell on its side1 killed
27 injured
14/02/17LuxembourgBettembourgHead-on collision between a local commuter train and a freight train1 killed
2 injured
09/11/16UKCroydonTwo-car tram derailed and overturned when travelling at “significantly higher speed” than allowed at the location7 killed
51 injured
29/09/16USAHobokenCommuter train crashed through the buffer stop and into the station concourse1 killed
114 injured
09/09/16SpainO PorriñoPassenger train derailed, colliding with an overbridge and signalling tower4 killed
49 injured
12/07/16ItalyAndriaHead-on collision between two passenger trains23 killed
54 injured
28/06/16USATexasHead on collision between two freight trains 2 killed
1 injured
26/06/16USASouthern ColoradoAmtrak passenger train collided with a van on a level crossing5 killed in van
06/06/16BelgiumHermalle-sous-HuyPassenger train collided with the rear of a freight train3 killed
36 injured
03/04/16USAPennsylvaniaAmtrak passenger train collided with a backhoe on the track, and a carriage derailed2 killed
31 injured
23/02/16NetherlandsDalfsenPassenger train collided with a crane at a level crossing1 killed
6 injured
09/02/16GermanyBad AiblingHead on collision between two passenger trains11 killed
54 injured
14/11/15USANorth CarolinaA freight train collided with a car 2 killed
14/11/15FranceEckwersheimA high-speed TGV test train derailed11 killed
49 injured
12/09/15GermanyMonzingenA passenger train collided with a car5 killed
16/05/15GermanyIbbenbürenPassenger train collided with an agricultural vehicle on a level crossing2 killed
20 injured
12/05/15USAPort RichmondAmtrak train derailed and rolled on its side8 killed
>200 injured
24/02/15USAOxnardA Metrolink train hit a road vehicle1 killed
29 injured
03/02/15USANew YorkA Metro-North Railroad train collided with a car at a crossing and caught on fire6 killed
14/01/15USAOdessaA prison bus was hit by a train10 killed
5 injured
17/08/14USAHoxieTwo Union Pacific locomotives hit head on and several cars derail, resulting in a fire2 killed
2 injured
07/05/14UKMaltonFirst Transpennine Express train hit a car on a level crossing1 killed
08/02/14FranceNiceA train derails when it is hit by a rock that rolled down the mountainside2 killed
7 injured
01/12/13USASpuyten DuyvilA passenger train travelling at 82 mph, well above the 30 mph speed limit, derailed on a curve4 killed
63 injured
30/11/13USASilver CitySouth Western Inc. train derailed3 killed
24/10/13USASanfordFour freight cars loaded with gravel derail at the SunRail station on State Road 461 killed
11/10/13USARandolph CountyA truck carrying logs collided with a train carrying 63 people1 killed
23 injured
18/09/13CanadaBarrhavenA double decker bus collided with a passenger train in a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario6 killed in bus
25/08/13MexicoTabascoA cargo train carrying Central American migrants derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico6 killed
35 injured
29/07/13SwitzerlandGranges-pres-MarnandTwo passenger trains collide between the towns of Moudon and Payerne1 killed
40 injured
24/07/13SpainSantiago de CompostelaA high-speed train travelling at 190 kph, well above the 80 kph speed limit, derailed on a curve79 killed
140 injured
12/07/13FranceBrétigny-sur-OrgeA passenger train is derailed at speed by a track defect and crashes into a station platform6 killed
200 injured
06/07/13CanadaLac-MéganticA freight train containing 72 wagons of crude oil runs away while unattended; several wagons explode in the town centre when the train derailed42 killed
04/06/13BelgiumHolbækA train collides with a tractor, killing its driver1 killed
6 injured
03/05/13DenmarkSchellebelleA freight train derails and three wagons carrying acrylonitrile explode and catch fire1 killed
33 injured
26/04/13USAButler CountyA freight train collided with a bus carrying senior citizens at a level crossing1 killed in bus
11 injured
21/03/13UKAthelneyA high speed train collided with a car on a level crossing1 killed in car