Year: 1972 Source: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, v.155, no.6, (1972), p.404-409 SIEC No: 19841858

Noted 4 distinct types of life-threatening behavior: (a) jumping in front of an approaching train; 32 cases; (b) lying across the rails as the train approaches; 6 cases; (c) touching the electrified rail after the train has departed; 5 cases & (d) wandering in the pit area in train’s absence; 7 cases. (a) accounted for 16 of 17 deaths & 9 of 12 injuries. (d) was most disturbed, most having had previous psychiatric hospitalizations. Discusses meaning of pit attempts & subsequent risk of attempts.