Analysis of Railway Track Deaths – An Autopsy based Study

Ahuja, Prachi and Shetty, Dr. Pavanchand H and D'Souza, Dr. Haneil Larson and Rao, Dr. Jagadish P P and Shetty, Dr. Suresh Kumar B and Kotian, Shashidhar (2019) Analysis of Railway Track Deaths – An Autopsy based Study. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, 13 (4). pp. 228-231. ISSN 0973-9122

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Abstract

Abstract 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

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Railway accidents, Injuries, Postmortem report
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Forensic Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 09:09
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 09:09
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155514

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