This two-part article describes the medical aspects of the crash of a London Underground transit train in a dead end tunnel which resulted in 43 deaths and 72 injuries requiring hospital treatment. Part I describes the experience of the medical staff and reports a substantial advantage in using on-site medical teams that could offer anaesthetic facilities. Adequate communication between the accident site and hospital is important. Part 2 reviews injuries sustained by 113 causalities, showing the need for rapid evacuation. Recognition of the "crush syndrome" is important and a radical surgical approach is suggested. Chest injuries were common and contributed to many of the deaths.

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1975-9-27

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 727-730
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 5986
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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  • Accession Number: 00127835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Medical Journal
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM