Number of accidents on Ukrainian Railways in Jan-April 25% up

The number of traffic accidents on the railways tracks and level crossings of Ukrzaliznytsia in January-April 2014 increased by 25% compared to the same period in 2013, to 25, including 20 cases on level crossings and five - out of them.

In these accidents 14 people died, 11 persons were injured, which is three-fold and two-fold more than in the same period in 2013 respectively.

In addition, over the four months of 2014 the number of cases of illegal intervention in the work of railways grew by 50%, to 114.

To reduce the number of accidents Ukrzaliznytsia is continuously working on upgrading level crossings. The invigoration of work to improve the safety of level crossings, which has been carried out during the past three years, brought the relevant results, however the efforts of railroads are not enough.

This is due to the fact that vehicle drivers, who violate traffic rules when crossing railroad tracks, are 100% guilty in such accidents.