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Box 6-A Fatality Definition by Mode

Mode (Source) Definition Citation
Air Fatal injury means any injury which results in death within 30 days of the accident. 49 CFR 830.2
Hazardous material Fatalities must be reported as soon as practical, but no later than 12 hours after the incident and death resulting from injury must be reported within one year of the date of incident 49 CFR 171.15 and 49 CFR 171.16
Highway Fatality means any injury which results in the death of a person at the time of the motor vehicle accident or within 30 days of the accident. 49 CFR 390.5
Pipeline Fatalities reported as soon as practical but not more than 30 days after detection of an incident. 49 CFR 191.3 and 195.50
Railroad Fatality means the death of a person within 24 hours of an accident. Also if an injured person dies within 180 days from the date of the injury. 49 CFR 840.2 and FRA Guide for Preparing Accident/Incident Reports
Rail transit A fatality at the scene; or where an individual is confirmed dead within 30 days of a rail transit-related incident; 49 CFR 659.33
Recreational boating Fatalities means a person dies within 24 hours of the accident. 10 days of the occurrence or death if an earlier report is not required 33 CFR 173 and 174
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017