- As part of the medical examiner’s investigation, a
probable cause of death is determined. That is, the injury or condition
that most likely caused the death.
- Among persons who died in the tornado, multiple
injuries were the probable cause of death for one-half of the deaths, head
injuries accounted for about one-fourth of the deaths, chest trauma 18%,
and traumatic asphyxia accounted for 10% of the deaths.