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On Way to Thanksgiving Dinner, Family Dies in Car Crash

Their car went off the road as they traveled to see relatives for the holiday

(Newser) - "It's like a nightmare you don't wake up from." So says the mother of a North Dakota man who was killed along with his wife and their two daughters in a car crash Thanksgiving morning. Leslie Dean-Webb tells KTVB the family had moved from Caldwell, Idaho,... More »

They Were Driving to Their Wedding. Instead, Tragedy

Couple killed in crash en route to nuptials

(Newser) - Kathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney were on their way to their wedding when the unthinkable happened Wednesday. The New Jersey couple was driving to Pittsburgh for the nuptials when a crash occurred ahead of them on I-78 in Windsor Township, Pa. Traffic slowed, but a tractor-trailer behind the couple wasn'... More »

Grape-Harvesting Accident Claims Napa Worker's Life

Leon Marcelo Lua was 49

(Newser) - A grim work-related death out of California's Wine Country, where a Napa man working at Beaucanon Winery's Deconinck Vineyards got pulled into a grape harvesting machine with fatal results. KTVU identifies the victim as Leon Marcelo Lua, 49. The San Francisco Chronicle reports his clothing got caught in... More »

Rapper Dies When Plane Wing Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong

Jon James McMurray killed when plane goes into downward spiral

(Newser) - A Canadian rapper was attempting to perform a stunt on the wing of a plane when things went very wrong. Jon James McMurray, who recorded as Jon James, had been training "intensively" for months for the project, which involved him rapping while walking on the wing of a plane... More »

Medieval Re-Enactor Impaled in Freak Accident

Peter Barclay was speared by his own lance

(Newser) - The Society for Creative Anachronism is mourning equestrian marshal Peter Barclay—or, as they knew him, Master Terafan Greydragon. The 53-year-old Virginia resident was fatally injured by his own lance at an event in Williamstown, Kentucky, while competing in an equestrian game, NBC Washington reports. His brother, John Barclay, said... More »

Worker Crushed In Accident Goes Unnoticed for a Day

Authorities say there are no signs of foul play

(Newser) - State police say a handyman's accidental death at an upstate New York printing company went unnoticed for a least a day before his body was found pinned under a hydraulic loading dock, the AP reports. Troopers say William Sethmann, of Deposit, was working as an independent contractor at the... More »

Freak Accident Kills Man in Fast Food Drive-Thru

The 20-year-old was pinned against a tree

(Newser) - A Missouri man has died after an accident that happened as he reached for his food at a drive-thru window, per the AP . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 20-year-old Charles Wood Jr. died Wednesday night at a Jack in the Box restaurant in St. Louis. Wood was from Velda City,... More »

Boy, 7, Dies in Fall From Subway Car

Philadelphia boy was selling candy on train

(Newser) - Police say a 7-year-old boy who was selling candy on a Philadelphia train with his brother fell between two moving subway cars and died. Authorities say the boy was with his 11-year-old brother and a 26-year-old man on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Broad Street Line subway in northern... More »

'Zombie Boy' Death May Not Have Been a Suicide

Family thinks Rick Genest leaned too far back on a balcony while smoking a cigarette

(Newser) - His death Wednesday was widely reported to be a suicide , including by Lady Gaga , whose music video "Born This Way" helped make his tattooed face famous. But the family and manager of model Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," are telling everyone to pull back on the conclusion... More »

He Had Dry Ice in His Car for Work. It Likely Killed His Mom

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department describes it as 'horrific accident'

(Newser) - A Washington man's new car may have contributed to his mother's death in the oddest of ways. The News Tribune reports the 51-year-old Tacoma-area man woke at 4am Friday to get ready for work and discovered his wife hadn't returned from taking his 77-year-old mother home the... More »

Unsecured Boulder Causes Horrific Accident

It fell from dump truck, killed 2 women

(Newser) - Two women in Minnesota are dead and a contractor is facing two counts of vehicular homicide after a horrific accident, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, and daughter Jena Christiansen, 32, were killed Monday when an unsecured 800-pound boulder tumbled from a southbound dump truck and smashed into their northbound Toyota... More »

Girl, 12, Fatally Crushed by Horse on Family Outing

The California girl's little sister was seriously injured

(Newser) - A young California girl was fatally crushed by a horse this week while out riding with members of her family. According to the Mercury News , police identified the 12-year-old victim as Yolanda Ceja. Yolanda was reportedly on an outing with her family at a Lake View Terrace ranch when the... More »

Girl, 10, Electrocuted Trying to Save Kittens

Animals were stuck behind dryer, family says

(Newser) - A Texas family says they are trying to "make sense of the senseless" in the tragic death of their 10-year-old daughter, who was electrocuted in their home. Greenlee Marie Buckley's mother says the girl, who loved animals, died while trying to rescue two kittens that had become trapped... More »

Massachusetts Woman Dies After Falling in Fire Pit

Investigators say she was unable to climb out

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman died from severe burns after falling into a fire pit outside her home, authorities say. Jacqueline Cardinal, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night accident in Worcester, MassLive.com reports. Michelle Gay, one of her two daughters, says her mother was outside the... More »

Fatal Vape Pen Blast Sent Projectiles Into Man's Brain

Florida's Tallmadge D'Elia also suffered burns to 80% of body

(Newser) - An awful first in the US: death by exploding vape pen. Former CNBC television producer Tallmadge D'Elia, 38, was found dead in a burning bedroom in his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on May 5 as a result of what the Pinellas County medical examiner now says was an... More »

Cops: Man Died After Climbing Inside Women's Bathroom Wall

Calgary mall death ruled accidental

(Newser) - Police in Calgary have ruled out foul play in a gruesome find behind a wall of a mall bathroom —but there are still some unanswered questions. Police say a man in his 20s died after climbing inside the wall of a women's bathroom and becoming stuck, but they'... More »

Horrifying Find Made Behind Wall of Mall Bathroom

Man's body was found at Calgary mall

(Newser) - Police in Calgary are investigating a horrifying find made when a mall maintenance worker tried to fix a toilet in a women's bathroom that wouldn't flush. "If you were to look at the toilet, there's a panel behind it so that when people move, it would... More »

As His Mother Watched, Rogue Wave Swept Boy to His Death

The body of 4-year-old Wesley Belisle was found 5 days after he was swept out to sea

(Newser) - The body of a 4-year-old boy has been found five days after a rogue wave swept him out to sea during a family vacation to the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination in North Carolina. "Under the watchful eye of the attending parents while walking along the shore" in... More »

Family of Teen Killed in Van Walks Out of City Meeting

Kyle Plush's family found councilman's remarks 'insensitive'

(Newser) - The family of the 16-year-old fatally crushed by his minivan's backseat, despite two calls to 911 , stormed out of a Cincinnati City Council meeting Tuesday. After five hours of testimony about Kyle Plush's death at the special meeting, Councilman Wendell Young offered his closing remarks. "On the... More »

'Horrific': Teen Dies While Trapped in Minivan's Backseat

Investigation into Cincinnati tragedy has been launched

(Newser) - A horrifying—and perplexing—case out of Cincinnati: A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday after two panicked calls to 911 in which he relayed that he was trapped and dying inside his minivan in the parking lot of his school. "I probably don't have much time left, so tell... More »

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