Another Amtrak train traveling the so-called Northeast Corridor -- from Washington, D.C. to Boston -- has derailed. At least seven people have died as of this blog and many more are injured.
The train was traveling from Washington D.C. to New York last night and went off the tracks near Philadelphia. In the last two years, five other accidents along that same route have caused injury and death.
And that's just in the United States. In July, 2013, a train derailed in northwest Spain, killing 80 people.
It's enough to make one pause and wonder, just how safe is train travel?
The National Transportation Safety Board keeps some statistics, however, the most recent seem to be from 2013. In that year, there were 891 deaths, although the majority of them come from collisions of trains with people or vehicles on the tracks when they shouldn't be. Passenger deaths were low, only 6 died in 2013.
There are actually more deaths and injuries on New York's subway system -- 248 between 2011 and 2014 -- than on trains that service the New York metro area.