From construction to urban design, the world has witnessed a series of mishaps in which pedestrians and other road users have been struck by trains.
While the number of people killed in such accidents has steadily declined over the past few decades, the nature of the accidents remains a concern.
While many of the incidents involve trains hitting people, there are also more recent examples of pedestrian fatalities that occurred during construction.
Here are 10 of the worst accidents that occurred in the past 20 years: 1.
Amtrak train struck a pedestrian at a construction site in North Carolina, killing him and injuring two others Source: ABC News article A man who was standing in a construction area of a North Carolina state university was struck and killed by a freight train.
His body was found later that day near a railroad track in Wapello, North Carolina.
The train had been scheduled to cross the track to go northbound on Interstate 24.
Authorities say the man was walking on the railroad tracks with a friend when the train stopped at a crossing to cross a railroad embankment.
The man died at the scene.
The two others who were walking with him, one who was also injured and one who had fallen from the train, were taken to a hospital.
They were not seriously hurt.
A second person who was not injured was taken to an area hospital.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident.
A truck carrying gas exploded near a construction project in Georgia, killing three people and injuring three others Source : ABC News report The explosion happened in a gas tank near a gas station at a Georgia gas station.
Two people were injured and three others were hospitalized.
Three people died and three were injured in the accident, according to police.
Three others were arrested in connection with the incident.
The police chief said investigators believe the explosion was triggered by a faulty valve on the truck.
A construction worker was struck by a train while standing on a construction track in New York, killing the worker and injuring six others Source of information: ABC 7 News article The accident occurred on the New York State Thruway, according the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Five people were taken by ambulance to hospitals.
The injured were in critical condition, according ABC.
The cause of death has not yet been released.
A pedestrian was struck on a sidewalk in California, killing her and injuring a second pedestrian Source : New York Times article A pedestrian suffered severe head trauma and burns to her face when she was struck in the head by a construction truck in New Mexico.
She was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
She died at a hospital later.
The other person who had been walking with her was also taken by the helicopter to the hospital.
There was no immediate word on what led to the collision.
A person who fell from a construction rail on a bridge in Pennsylvania, killing two people Source: AP news agency The man was standing on the bridge when he fell and hit a rail on the south side of the bridge.
The person who hit the rail was injured.
The construction worker and a construction worker were not hurt.
A man was struck with a construction vehicle by a falling crane on the side of a railroad bridge in South Carolina, injuring his leg and killing him Source : CBS News article An accident happened on a railroad crossing in North Dakota.
A crane fell onto the railroad crossing, sending a construction van, an excavator and a bulldozer flying through the air.
The people who were on the crane were taken away from the scene by police.
The accident happened near a water main and a railroad tunnel.
The crane fell about a quarter-mile from the tunnel.
A police officer and the driver of the excavator who were working on the rail crossing suffered minor injuries.
A fire broke out in a building housing a construction company in California Source : Los Angeles Times article Firefighters were called to a building in the California city of L.A. after a building at a home on the property was set ablaze.
The building, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, housed a construction firm.
A group of people were at the home when the fire broke outside.
Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes.
The fire, which burned for hours, killed a firefighter and left two other people injured.
A woman died when a building collapsed at a high-rise apartment building in Texas, killing at least eight people Source : AP news source The death of a woman at a hotel in Houston on Saturday night left at least 18 people injured and 10 dead, authorities said.
The hotel was in the town of Fort Worth, Texas.
The woman, who was identified as 32-year-old Jennifer Lacey, died at an area medical center after the building collapsed.
Authorities said the death was caused by a “fire in progress.”
A building collapsed in a residential area of Shanghai, China, killing seven people Source of article: Xinhua News Agency