Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, St. Peter's Medical College, Hospital & Research Institute, Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India

2 Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, St. Peter's Medical College, Hospital and Research Institute, Hosur, Tamil Nadu, India.

3 Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India.


Background: Railways form an important mode of transportation worldwide. People in India use the railway as an important means of transport as it is economical and easily available both for local service and for distant modes of transportation. Along with the advantages that railways are providing as a mode of transport, railway deaths are one of the important fatal outcomes in this part of the world. Aim of the work: To study railway-related deaths concerning age, sex, pattern of injuries, and causes of death. Methods: In the current study done in Bangalore, India, the autopsy and police records were scrutinized to collect information to obtain an overview of deaths occurring due to railway injuries and deaths occurring in trains. The study analyses several demographic factorial details and common regions of the body that are involved in railway-related deaths. Results: Apart from the common injuries encountered in railway-related deaths causing death, this study also gives information about type V of railway-related deaths (Unusual incidents). Conclusion: The railway-related deaths encountered include both natural and unnatural causes. Recommendation: Strict rules and regulations should be initiated along with safety measures from lawmakers to avoid accidents as well as suicides due to railway deaths, as the injuries sustained will be fatal in most cases.


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