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Worker Dies in Bakery's Huge Mixer

Police say she may have gotten caught on machine

(Newser) - A Utah grocery store worker is dead after what appears to be a gruesome workplace accident. Carmen "Jackie" Lindhardt, 45, was working at the bakery of a Ream's Food Store in Sandy, outside Salt Lake City, around 10am Wednesday when police say she was dragged into an industrial-sized... More »

Woman Killed in Bed by Falling Tree, Husband Trapped

'Get me the hell out of here'

(Newser) - A 90-foot tree fell on a home in suburban Philadelphia early Friday, killing a woman in her bed and trapping her husband beside her for hours before he could be rescued, authorities said. The tree apparently came down on the split-level home at about 6am local time, but rescue units... More »

Fuel-Mountain Dew Cocktail Suspected in Boys' Deaths

Two teen boys in Tennessee died, and more have admitted to drinking the blend

(Newser) - Two teen boys in rural Tennessee are dead after apparently drinking a blend of racing fuel and Mountain Dew last week—something others have since admitted to drinking as well. Logan Stephenson, 16, was pronounced dead at his home in Greenbrier on Thursday morning, and the police chief tells WZTV... More »

Woman Froze to Death as Helpless Husband Lay Nearby

She went out to help him after he fell from wheelchair

(Newser) - Authorities in central Georgia say a 74-year-old woman froze to death after she tried to help her wheelchair-bound husband outside their home. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills tells local news outlets that Maria Riffe died Thursday while her immobile husband was about 20 yards from her, each unable to help... More »

Guy in Wingsuit Hits Cliff Wall, Dies

BASE jumper died in Arizona

(Newser) - A BASE jumper was killed Tuesday while "flying" in a wingsuit near Page, Ariz., the Arizona Star reports. Matthew Kenney, a 29-year-old from Santa Cruz, Calif., was an experienced jumper and was with friends in the remote Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area near the Utah border. Kenney hit a... More »

27 People Died Taking Selfies Last Year

India and Russia are particularly plagued by this issue

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a deep dive into the field of selfie research, and it's come up with a disturbing number: The paper says 27 people died while taking selfies in 2015, and in some countries, it's become a major headache. Nearly half of those deaths occurred in... More »

Boy, 3, Dead After Finding Gun at Dad's Store

Toddler shot himself while father's attention was diverted

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun he found behind the counter of his father's Lumberton, NC, convenience store. The boy was at the store with his father, Manal Abdelziz of Laurinburg, on Sunday morning and found the gun under the cash register, police... More »

Girl, 2, Dead After Swallowing Battery

Brianna Florer's parents thought she was just a little unwell

(Newser) - Brianna Florer went from playing with her siblings and opening Christmas presents at her grandparents' house Saturday to throwing up blood the next day—and by Sunday night, she was dead. The Oklahoma 2-year-old had been suffering a low-grade fever for a few days, but "on Saturday she was... More »

Man Drives His Tesla Into Pool, Dies

Elderly man was apparently unable to escape the car

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Texas man with a friend in the car drove his Tesla into a neighbor's swimming pool Sunday afternoon and ended up dead, the Houston Chronicle reports. The driver and his female passenger were in his garage when, somehow, he crashed the car through a brick wall and... More »

Dartmouth Swimmer Dies Trying to Do Laps Without Breathing

Tate Ramsden went into distress while still underwater

(Newser) - Tate Ramsden swam for Dartmouth College as a freshman and sophomore, but the Tennessee 21-year-old, who was planning to graduate from Dartmouth in 2017, died Saturday at a Sarasota, Fla., YMCA pool while visiting the city with his family over the holiday weekend. Ramsden was swimming there with his sister,... More »

Distracted Man Who Fell Off Cliff Identified

Out-of-towner may have been looking for parking spot

(Newser) - The man who died in a Christmas Day fall from a San Diego cliff while distracted by his electronic device was from out of town and may not have known he was in a place where not looking where you're going could be deadly. The man has been identified... More »

Guy Looking at Device Falls Off Cliff

Witnesses couldn't save distracted San Diego man

(Newser) - Distracted walking can be as hazardous as distracted driving, the public was reminded after the deeply unfortunate Christmas Day death of a man in San Diego. Lifeguards say the man was walking and looking at a device in the Sunset Cliffs area at sunset around 4:50pm Friday when he... More »

Teen Boy, Girlfriend Accidentally Die in Parked SUV

SUV was running inside family's garage

(Newser) - Police say two teenagers were found dead inside an SUV in a garage, though their deaths appear to be accidental. In a news release Monday, police in St. Petersburg, Fla., said a woman found her 17-year-old son with his 14-year-old girlfriend in the family's garage, which was not attached... More »

Airline Worker Sucked Into Plane Engine

He was standing near plane's nose when pilot turned on engine

(Newser) - You can add being sucked into an airplane engine to the list of ways you'd rather not end up 6 feet under. Airport authorities are investigating the death of a 56-year-old Air India employee who met such a fate at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Wednesday, reports... More »

Teen Dies in Wood Chipper on First Day at Work

His boss had a heart attack at the scene

(Newser) - A North Carolina teenager died one of the most horrific workplace deaths imaginable on his first day on the job. Mason Cox, 19, died on Saturday after being pulled feet-first into a wood chipper, police in Kings Mountain say. WSOC reports that co-workers who had been cutting down trees in... More »

Bride Killed in Crash Minutes After Wedding

Newlyweds decided to drive motorcycle to reception

(Newser) - What should have been the happiest day of Jana Miles-Burnett's life turned out to be the last one. The 40-year-old emergency dispatcher married William Burnett in a park in Buckner, Ill., on Saturday evening and was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened within minutes of their nuptials, the... More »

3 Young Sisters Killed in Freak Farming Accident

The girls were buried in canola seed on family farm

(Newser) - Three young sisters died Tuesday in a freak accident on a family farm in rural Canada, the Edmonton Journal reports. The girls—11-year-old twins Dara and Jana and 13-year-old Catie—were smothered by canola seed in the back of a truck, though the details of their deaths remain hazy. A... More »

Teen Who Vanished Years Ago Found in Chimney

He may have tried to shimmy down, got stuck

(Newser) - The remains of 18-year-old man reported missing seven years ago were found in the chimney of an abandoned cabin less than a mile from his home, and the details of his death are likely to stay mysterious, Colorado officials said Wednesday. The remains were found last month as contractors tore... More »

High School QB Died of Internal Bleeding

New Jersey teen suffered lacerated spleen during game

(Newser) - A New Jersey teen died during a football game Friday night, and now the medical examiner has determined the cause. An autopsy found that Warren Hills quarterback Evan Murray died from a lacerated spleen, the Morris County medical examiner says, partly because the 17-year-old had an abnormally large organ that... More »

This Year, Selfies Are Deadlier Than Sharks

They've caused 12 deaths, compared to 8 from sharks

(Newser) - With the recent death of a tourist at the Taj Mahal , 2015's selfie-related death toll sits at 12—compared to just eight people who have been killed by sharks this year, Mashable reports. "It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't," writes Cailey Rizzo. The... More »

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