Analysis of railway track deaths – An autopsy based study

Prachi Ahuja, H. Pavanchand Shetty, Haneil L. Dsouza, Jagadish Rao Padubidri, B. Suresh Kumar Shetty, Shashidhar Kotian

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Introduction-Railways being one of the commonest mode of transportation, also has a risk of accidents associated to it. Retrospective analytical study was done to understand the type of injuries sustained and various factors associated with railway accidents. Methodology: Study Design-Retrospective analysis of autopsy reports of railway track accidents. Study Setting-The study was carried out in forensic Medicine department of Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Sample Size-205 autopsy reports of railway track accidents from 2007-2017. Results-A total of 205 railway accidents were observed between 2007 and 2017 out of which 93.7% of the deceased were males. Out of all the cases, 54(26.3%) belonged to age group 40-50 years, followed by 50(24.4%) in the age group 30-40 years. In 81.7% of cases, history of crossing the track was present. 39.5% of death occurred due to head injuries sustained by the victim. In 96% of cases the victim died on the spot. 1150 external injuries were observed out of which abrasions were the most common(34.5%). Head was the most common site for lacerations, contusions and fracture and abrasions were most commonly seen on the lower limb. Conclusions-To reduce railway accidents the government has to implement awareness program and modify the infrastructure available which will facilitate the safety procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-231
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2019

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Accidents
Autopsy
German Federal Railways
accident
death
Abrasion
age group
Retrospective Studies
Age Groups
forensic medicine
Forensic Medicine
Contusions
Lacerations
Wounds and Injuries
Craniocerebral Trauma
Sample Size
Medicine
Lower Extremity
Head
infrastructure

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Ahuja, Prachi ; Pavanchand Shetty, H. ; Dsouza, Haneil L. ; Padubidri, Jagadish Rao ; Shetty, B. Suresh Kumar ; Kotian, Shashidhar. / Analysis of railway track deaths – An autopsy based study. In: Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. 2019 ; Vol. 13, No. 4. pp. 228-231.
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