The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration is warning of a “significant” safety problem with train travel between two states, citing an increase in the number of fatalities and derailments on rail lines.
In a report published Tuesday, the FRA said that more than 700 people died and nearly 700,000 rail injuries were caused during a 12-month period ending in March.
It also said a “substantial number” of people were seriously injured, including 13 people who died and more than 3,000 who were injured by train injuries.
Rail accidents have spiked in recent years, especially in the U.K. and other nations.
The FRA report cited data from the National Rail and Transportation Safety Board that showed in the last 12 months, the number that were killed by trains rose from 4,095 in March to 4,082 in March and 4,072 in April.
The FRA’s report did not specify the number or cause of the increase, but said it was the result of a number of factors, including “improved train performance, an increase of injuries and deaths, and a number and severity of incidents that have resulted in the deaths and serious injuries.”
The report said it’s important for all rail companies to continue to monitor safety measures and train operators to continue working in close collaboration with the FSA to address safety and training needs.