“Selfie”-related electrocution

  • Drazen Cuculic
  • Ivan SosaEmail author
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Electrical injuries contribute a small but significant fraction to all burn trauma cases, and an even smaller proportion to those that are lethal. Accidental death rates among teenagers are the highest of all age-groups, and taking a “selfie” has been a practice that has, on rare occasions, led to such a death, often from electrocution. The case of a young man and his friend, who were electrocuted after climbing onto the roof of a parked railway wagon to take selfies is reported. One died at the scene, while the other survived. This case demonstrates that electrocution may occur with parked railway wagons, and in the young may be associated with selfie taking.


Electrocution Rail Selfie taking Selfies Youth Accidental death 



The authors wish to thank Robert Arbanas for providing technical details on the accident.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forensic Medicine and criminalisticsUniversity of Rijeka Faculty of MedicineRijekaCroatia

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