How common are train accidents in Canada?

Recent statistics show about 1,000 accidents per year across Canada. Freight trains accounted for just under 40 per cent and single cars/locomotives and track units accounted for just under 60 per cent. The remainder, about four per cent, involved passenger trains. About one in six accidents occurred at rail crossings. Two-thirds of rail fatalities (approximately 60 to 70 annually) are the result of trespassing, while about one in four are crossing fatalities.