INJURY AND DEATH CAUSED BY INTERIOR FEATURES OF PASSENGER VEHICLES

LESIVIDAD Y LETALIDAD DE DETALLES INTERNOS EN LOS HABITACULOS DE VEHICULOS DE TRANSPORTE DE PERSONAS

The author presents a case history of an accident involving the collision of a long distance passenger bus with 45 passengers with a similar bus. Almost 30 people were killed, including two drivers. The rest were badly injured, with only one person unharmed. Examination of the victims showed an overwhelming predominance of cuts, bone fractures, and bruises of the head and face. These injuries were found to have been caused by reading lights located above the passengers' heads, and by magazine and book holders on the back of the seats, exactly in line with the faces of the passengers, starting with the second row of seats. The solution, which was immediately carried out on similar vehicles, was to remove the reading lights and replace the metalic magazine and book holders with "envelopes" of a shape and material that would not cause injuries. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the IRF Inter American Regional Meeting, Buenos Aires, 5-9 May 1980. Papers can be obtained in original language only. For individual papers see also TRIS 316755-316799.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Road Federation

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    Washington, DC  United States  20024
  • Authors:
    • Lopez, AFB
  • Publication Date: 1980

Language

  • Spanish

Media Info

  • Pagination: n.p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00316775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Road Federation
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 3 Volumes Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM