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3-Year-Old Twins Drown as Father Sleeps

They wandered away from home

(Newser) - A 3-year-old girl and her twin brother died in what police are calling a "tragic accident" in a Missouri pond after they apparently wandered from home as their father slept. Platte County Undersheriff Maj. Erik Holland said Arrabelle and Elijah Wagner were found Monday in the private pond behind... More »

Freak Dressing Room Accident Kills Boy, 4

Hooded sweatshirt got caught on hanger

(Newser) - Police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally hanged himself while alone in the changing room of a Minnesota thrift store, the AP reports. Authorities say the incident happened Saturday afternoon at Again Thrift & More in Mankato, operated by the Minnesota Valley Action Council. Relatives have started an online fundraising effort... More »

After Electrocution Death, Coroner Says iPhones Should Carry Warning

British man dropped his in the tub

(Newser) - Dropping a phone in the bath while it is charging can be as deadly as chucking a plugged-in hairdryer in there, a coroner warned during an inquest into the death of a British man last December. Richard Bull, 32, was apparently using his iPhone in the bath when it slipped... More »

Malfunctioning Robot Killed Woman at Work: Lawsuit

Wrongful death suit filed over accident that killed Wanda Holbrook

(Newser) - A malfunctioning robot fatally crushed a woman's head as she adjusted machinery at her job, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in federal court by her husband. Wanda Holbrook, a maintenance technician for Michigan's Ventra Ionia, which does work related to trailer hitches, was inspecting machinery on... More »

One 'Huge, Unforgivable Error' Dooms Boy, 7

James Dwerryhouse dies after monitoring equipment is shut off

(Newser) - James Dwerryhouse went to a London hospital last year for a routine operation to get a colostomy bag—and, though the operation went well, the 7-year-old died after the equipment monitoring his breathing was shut off in the middle of the night, a hospital investigation has concluded. Though James had... More »

Arrests After UConn Student Killed in Freak Accident

Jeffny Pally, 19, died in October after being run over by a fire department vehicle

(Newser) - A freak accident left the University of Connecticut reeling in October; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more. Jeffny Pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the Storrs campus around 1:15am when the door opened as fire... More »

Dad Falls to His Death After Turning to Check on Daughters

He was hiking with young daughters in North Carolina

(Newser) - Authorities say a North Carolina man plunged about 100 feet to his death from a lookout rock while hiking with his children, the AP reports. News outlets quote Saluda Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Zach Pace as saying that the man tripped and fell near Big Bradley Falls after turning... More »

He Fell During a Frat Party; 12 Hours Later, a Call for Help

Cops investigating death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - Timothy Piazza fell down a set of stairs at his Penn State fraternity around 11pm Thursday in the midst of a party. A call for help came 12 hours later. Paramedics found Piazza, 19, unresponsive when they arrived at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity Friday morning. He was pronounced dead... More »

Woman Dies After Getting Stuck in Clothing Donation Bin

Judith Permar had a broken arm and hypothermia

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman died Sunday after getting her arm caught in a clothing donation bin, PennLive reports. Judith Permar, 56, is believed to have arrived at the clothing drop-off box around 2am and stood on a stepstool to reach her arm inside. According to Philly.com , police say she was... More »

Police Know What Killed 6 Teens in Garden Shed

It was carbon monoxide poisoning: cops

(Newser) - Six teenagers found dead Sunday in Bavaria died from carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities have confirmed. The teens, all aged 18 or 19, had been using a gasoline-powered generator inside a garden shed where they were holding a small birthday party on Saturday. The AP reports the generator wasn't approved... More »

50 Years Ago Today, 4 Awful Words: 'Fire in the Cockpit!'

3 NASA astronauts perished during testing for an Apollo 1 moon mission

(Newser) - "We have a fire in the cockpit!" were words no one expected during a routine test for what was to be a momentous space mission. But that was what horrified NASA personnel heard on Jan. 27, 1967, as three astronauts prepping for a flight to the moon... More »

Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty in Worker's Gruesome Oven Death

Jose Melena was trapped inside an oven in 2012

(Newser) - As charges related to the 2012 death of a worker in a Bumble Bee Foods oven began to wrap up Wednesday, a prosecutor called the case "the worst circumstances of death I have ever, ever witnessed." Bumble Bee Foods and Angel Rodriguez, director of plant operations at the... More »

Girl, 5, Killed by Celebratory Gunfire Minutes Into 2017

Party guest allegedly fired into ground as she walked by

(Newser) - An Alabama New Year's Eve party turned tragic just minutes after the clock struck midnight: As a man, one of the approximately 30 party guests, allegedly fired celebratory gun shots toward the ground, a 5-year-old girl walked into the line of fire, the News-Courier reports. She was shot in... More »

DC Hotel Guest Falls Into Boiler Shaft on Roof, Dies

He had reportedly gone up onto roof to see the view

(Newser) - Police and fire officials say a guest at a Washington hotel died after falling into a boiler shaft on the roof and plunging 10 floors to the basement, the AP reports. DC police spokesman Rachel Schaerr tells the Washington Post 23-year-old John Leonard of Herndon, Virginia, fell around 2:30am... More »

Student Loses Grip on Barbell, Dies

315-pound barbell fell on his neck

(Newser) - Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a barbell slipped from his grasp and crushed his neck at a gym in central Iowa, the AP reports. The accident occurred Monday morning at Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, about 10 miles north of Des Moines. A spokesperson for the... More »

Ex-NFL Player Dies in 'Freak Accident' on Family Vacation

Keion Cole was also a well-regarded philanthropist in Baltimore

(Newser) - A former NFL player and respected Baltimore philanthropist died Thursday at the age of 39 after what his family is calling a "freak accident," the Baltimore Sun reports. The accident happened Wednesday while Keion Carpenter was playing with his son during a family vacation in Florida. "They... More »

Fun Father-Son Sledding Outing Ends in Tragedy

Maryland man, 35, died after car slammed into sled; 4-year-old son expected to recover

(Newser) - Authorities say a man who was sledding with his son when they were hit by a vehicle in Maryland has died. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that 35-year-old Adam French of Baltimore died Sunday night, the AP reports. Officials say French's 4-year-old son,... More »

Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in 'Industrial Accident'

Technician was hit by lift, circus says

(Newser) - An employee with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police say. Police responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an accident near the show's tent, a... More »

Man Dissolved by Hot Spring Was Checking Temperature

Final report on Yellowstone death released

(Newser) - A man who left the boardwalk in a highly dangerous area of Yellowstone National Park was looking for a place to swim but ended up being dissolved in a hot spring, according to the final official report on the June 7 accident. The report states that Oregon man Colin Nathaniel... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... More »

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