TITLE PAGE Title of the article - Railway Fatalities in South West Mumbai Authors - Pawan R. Sabale*

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Mumbai is a sprawling city of more than 13 million people and growing every year. Travelling, therefore, is the greatest daily human activity. In Mumbai, the bulk of the people are carried by the suburban (local) railway system.

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TITLE PAGETitle of the article - Railway Fatalities in South West MumbaiAuthors - Pawan R. Sabale*, Shailesh C. Mohite*** Assistant Professor, ** Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Ch. Hospital; Mumbai-08.Author for correspondence - Dr Pawan R. Sabale, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Forensic Medicine, 511, College Building,Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Ch. Hospital; Mumbai Central, Mumbai-08.Phone : 09820113027 Email : drsabalepawan@yahoo.co.inDeclarationWe hereby declare that this is an original work and has not been sent to any other journal for publication.ABSTRACTThe study was carried out on 542 cases of railway fatalities received from South-west Mumbai, during the 3 years period from 1st August 2005 to 31st July 2008. Railway fatalities represent 19% of all autopsies conducted at Topiwala National Medical College, and B. Y. L. Nair charitable hospital, Mumbai. The age span of 11 - 40 years comprised 80% of all railway fatalities. There was male predominance with ratio of 9:1. Maximum number of deaths occurred during evening and morning hours. The single most important cause leading to railway fatalities observed in this study was unauthorised crossing of railway lines to catch the train on another platform, followed by overcrowding. The most common cause of death was head injury (44.09%). Most of the deaths (90.04%) were accidental in nature. Our results indicate that, it is qu

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