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NTSB: Transportation fatalities fall

Transportation deaths in the United States decreased by about 9 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The preliminary figures include highway, rail, aviation, pipline and marine fatalities. The total in 2008 was 39,569 and fell to 35,928 in 2009, the NTSB said.

"While statistics show that transportation fatalities have declined this past year," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman, "we continue to see far too many accidents in all segments of the transportation community. There is still much work to do to prevent the loss of life on our roads, rails, waterways, and skies."

Highway deaths, which make up about 95 percent of all transportation fatalities, fell from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808. Last month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that road deaths had fallen to their lowest level in 60 years.

According to the NTSB, marine and pipeline deaths were the only categories that increased, with deaths on waterways rising from 783 to 817. The NTSB said the majority, 736, occurred in recreational boating. Pipeline deaths rose from eight to 14. Aviation deaths decreased from 574 to 538, the NTSB said. Rail fatalities fell from 781 to 751. The majority were attributable to people being struck on the rails, officials said. The 2009 figures include nine people killed in the Metro Red Line crash, the deadliest accident in the rail agency's history.

The figures were compiled by a variety of federal agencies, including the NTSB, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation.

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By Michael Bolden  | October 6, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  Highways, Metro, NTSB, Traffic Safety, Transportation Politics  
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