Railroad deaths in 1860 down by more than half compared to 1859
Newspapers reported that railroad casualties among passengers and crew during the year 1860 stood at total of 57 killed and 315 injured. These happened in 74 incidents during the year. This was a substantial decrease from 1859, when 129 people were killed in 79 crashes. The record high deaths during the decade was reported as 234 in 1853. (By John Osborne)
"Railroad Accidents during the Year 1860," New York Herald, January 1, 1861, pg. 3.