NTSB: Transportation deaths decreased slightly in 2011

Washington – Overall transportation fatalities declined by about 2 percent in 2011, according to preliminary data (Word .doc file) from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Transportation fatalities decreased to 34,434 in 2011 from 35,043 in 2010. According to the preliminary data:

  • Highway fatalities decreased slightly in 2011, to 32,367 from 32,999. Medium and heavy truck deaths increased to 635 to 2011 from 530 in 2010, while bus deaths increased to 54 in 2011 from 44 in 2010.
  • Marine fatalities increased to 800 in 2011 from 723 in 2010 and aviation fatalities increased to 494 in 2011 from 476 in 2010.
  • Rail transit fatalities decreased nearly 8 percent in 2011 to 759 from 823 in 2010.

Highway deaths accounted for about 94 percent of all 2011 transportation fatalities, according to the report.

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