ACTION TO BE TAKEN WHEN A PERSON IS KNOCKED DOWN / RUN OVER BY A TRAIN:
CASE 1: When the person is alive:
- When a railway employee finds an injured person on or near the track, he should do his best for rendering first aid or in the alternative summon medical help as early as possible.
- He should also arrange to inform the Police through the nearest Station Master or any other person in the vicinity.
- When a person run over or knocked down is found by the staff of the same train or of a subsequent train, first aid will be rendered promptly by the Guard himself or by a qualified Doctor if available in the train.
- After this, the person shall be transported with the least possible delay to the nearest railway station in the direction of the run of the train, where the medical aid shall be arranged for by the Station Master.
- When a station with medical facilities is situated nearer in the opposite direction and a train is also available in that direction, the person may be sent to that station for treatment.
- If the condition of the person is found to be dangerous, the dying declaration should be recorded by the Guard or the Travelling Ticket Examiner or Conductor or by the railway servant who happens to find the injured person.
- The particulars to be the recorded name, father’s name, caste, residence, how he happened to be on the line and how the wounds were inflicted.
- The statement should be signed by the Guard or another railway employee who recorded it and some other responsible witness and made over to the Station Master of the nearest station in the direction of the run for onward transmission to the Police authorities.
- Along with the statement a memo, showing the time and place where the injured person was found and the further disposal thereof, should be attached.
- In case, the railway servant who finds the injured person is illiterate, he should seek the assistance of some responsible person for obtaining the dying declaration.
CASE 2: When the person is dead:
- The main requirement when a dead body is found on or near the track, by any railway servant or by the staff of the train responsible for the accident or by the staff of a subsequent train, is to keep the evidence intact, especially the fingerprints.
- Handling of the dead body by many people should be avoided as the fingerprints which may be available near the scene of occurrence may be disturbed.
- Similarly, the dead body should not be removed until the arrival of the Police as the chance of some clues, which may lead to the detection of cases may be interfered with.
- However, to clear the line and for the movement of subsequent trains, the body may be removed from the lines, but in doing so the movement should be the minimum
- The body may thereafter be left in charge of Village Officer or any responsible person in the vicinity. If no responsible person is readily available at the site where the body is found it shall be removed to the nearest gate lodge in the direction of the movement of the train.
- Where there is no gate lodge it will be carried and made over to the Station Master of the next station.
In all cases, a written memo giving the following particulars shall be made out by the Guard, or if there is no Guard by the Loco Pilot (of the train), or by the person who happens to find the body:
- Time and place the body was detected.
- The position of the body in relation to the tracks.
- Blood stains on ballast or engine, the extent of the injuries, and whether prima facie inflicted by a train.
- The position of any clothing found on or near the rails.
This memo should also contain the name of the informant, his parentage, and address so as to enable the Police authorities to progress the case further. Thereafter the memo should be made over to the man under whose charge the body is kept for onward transmission to the Police authorities.
- In case the body is found by a railway staff not working a train, he shall unless he himself is in a position to advise the Police authorities, take immediate steps to advise any responsible person in the vicinity of the scene of the accident to enable the latter
to take further action.
When a train has been stopped owing to a person fallen down:
- The Guard of such train shall take the following action in addition to that indicated in paragraphs above. Make a full report to the Divisional Railway Manager about the case and include the following particulars.
- Kilometer at which the passenger fell or person was knocked down.
- Was the accident noticed by the Guard/Loco Pilot and the train stopped or was the
Alarm chain pulled to stop the train?
- Was the train backed to the accident spot?
- How was the injured person disposed of?
Further information in the case of a passenger falling out:
- Name, age, sex and address of the passenger, the particulars of the ticket holders.
- If a child, also the name, relationship and address of the guardian at the time. (Where was the person/child seated or standing at the time last seen by fellow passengers?
- Owning railway, painted number, compartment number, type, description and position of the carriage from the engine.
- The condition of doors, door handles, shutters, safety catch and window fastening in the carriage. Particular details should be given of the door or window through which the passenger fell.
- Was there a Government Railway Police official on the train?
The brief statement of the injured person giving:
- Possible cause of the accident, when it is possible, in the presence of the Government Railway Police official, countersigned by him.
- If the Government Railway Police official is not present, the signature of the passenger in whose presence the statement is recorded should be obtained.
- In the case of a child, the statement of the guardian at the time should be recorded duly attested by the Government Railway Police official (or in his absence by two passengers present at the time of recording the statement).
Accident Classes P-1 and P-3: – In the case of persons falling out of trains, the Guard, and the Driver shall submit, within 24 hours of the accident, a report in Form Acc.4 to the Divisional Railway Manager.