WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation fatalities in the U.S. are slightly up with a rise of 0.2 per cent last year over those in 1999, according to preliminary figures.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, last year 44,186 persons died in highway, rail, marine, aviation and pipeline accidents, up from 44,093 in 1999. Increases in fatalities were registered in highway, aviation, and pipeline while rail and marine fatalities declined.
Highway fatalities, which account for more than 94 per cent of all transportation deaths, rose from 41,717 in 1999 to 41,800 in 2000. Fatalities at roadway/railway grade crossings increased from 402 to 425.
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