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The Railway Death-Rate

Wellingborough & Kettering News 21/08/1891, transcribed by Peter Brown

The Railway Death-Rate—According to the Board of Trade returns, just issued, 1,076 persons were killed, and 4,721 injured on railways in the United Kingdom during 1890. Of these totals 118 persons killed, and 1,361 injured were, passengers, but of these only 18 were killed and 496 injured in consequence of accidents for which they were in no way responsible. The deaths of the remainder were attributable to a variety of causes, especially to the want of caution on the part of the individuals themselves. Thus 252 persons lost their lives through trespassing on lines, 83 were killed at level crossings, and suicides accounted for 77 deaths.

Exclusive of season-ticket holders—of whose movements it is impossible to obtain an accurate return—the number of passengers conveyed during the year was 817,744,046, or 42,560,973 more than in 1889. The passengers actually killed and injured from causes beyond their own control were one in 45,430,224, and of injured one in 1,648,677.

Of late years, in proportion to the number employed, there has been a considerable decrease of killed and injured among the railway servants.

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