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A 'Second-Long Sleep,' Then Thousands of Loose Chickens

It happened on an Austrian highway

(Newser) - Some 7,000 chickens on their way to be slaughtered had an unexpected shot at freedom Tuesday when the truck transporting them crashed into a bridge in Austria, spilling its load on the highway. Traffic on the A1 autobahn into Vienna was snarled for hours as authorities cleared the scene... More »

Philly Cops Review Pursuit Policy After Dirt Bike Accident

Rider of bike allegedly hit girl and her aunt while fleeing police

(Newser) - A man fleeing Philadelphia police on a dirt bike struck a 6-year-old girl and her aunt, resulting in serious injuries to both as well as himself, police say. The girl was in serious condition and her 44-year-old aunt was in guarded condition, while the bike rider, 32-year-old Caliph Douglass, suffered... More »

Bread Truck Hits Truck Filled With Deli Meats

Traffic accidents don't usually make us this hungry

(Newser) - America, there has to be a better way to make a sandwich. Gothamist reports a truck carrying deli meats collided with a truck carrying bread early Friday morning in New Jersey. The "sandwich-like spill" left Interstate 287 in Piscataway covered in bread and meat, according to NBC New York... More »

Top 10 Deadliest States for Pedestrians

Walkers, beware

(Newser) - If you would rather not get plowed into by a car during your evening stroll, Minnesota might be a better place to settle down than New Mexico. That's according to recent stats compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which examined traffic accident data to see which states... More »

Airborne Manhole Cover Hits SUV, Kills Driver

Authorities have no idea what made the 200-pound cover to fly into the air

(Newser) - A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute in Boston, the AP reports. Gov. Charlie Baker calls the incident "bizarre" and says highway crews... More »

Car Crash Solves 40-Year-Old Mystery 10K Miles Away

Raymond Grady Stansel Jr. disappeared in 1974 right before drug-smuggling trial

(Newser) - When an elderly man in north Queensland, Australia, died in a car crash in May, the local paper ran a story that described an "outpouring of grief" in the town where he ran his crocodile-cruise company for almost 30 years. But as the Tampa Bay Times details in a... More »

Tomorrow Is the Deadliest Day to Be a Pedestrian

Drunk walkers tend to jaywalk, lie in the road

(Newser) - New Year's Eve culminates in a circus of drunk drivers and pedestrians going home after a night of merry-making—and experts say drunk pedestrians are eight times more likely to be killed on the way than drunk drivers. New Year's Day is the most dangerous day to be... More »

Groom Killed After Stopping to Help Motorist

Indiana man was run over just hours after wedding

(Newser) - An Indiana woman became a widow while still wearing her wedding dress when her husband was run over and killed after stopping to help a motorist in trouble. Nikki Knight says she and new husband William Riley Knight were on their way to a hotel just a few hours after... More »

Road Deaths Are the New Global Health Crisis

Bring attention to this pandemic: John D. Sutter

(Newser) - It's time we did something about a scary pandemic: road deaths, writes John D. Sutter for CNN . You may not think of such deaths as a global "public health crisis," but that's exactly what they are. We continue to build more roads and put more cars... More »

Mom and Her 3 Boys Killed Crossing Philly Street

Police believe they were hit by man who was drag racing

(Newser) - Tragedy in Philadelphia, where a mother and her four sons were hit while crossing the street Tuesday night; all but one of the boys died. Two things make the story even worse: Police believe they were hit by two men who were drag racing. Khusen Akhmedov and Ahmen Holloman were... More »

2 Dead in 150-Car Pileup

As many as 120 hurt in Texas accident

(Newser) - Dense fog may have contributed to a horrific Thanksgiving morning pileup in Texas: At least 150 cars were involved, and two fatalities have been confirmed so far, Reuters reports. As many as 120 people were injured; KFDM reports that at least eight of them were in critical condition. Emergency workers... More »

Officer in Obama Motorcade Killed in Florida Crash

He's struck by truck as he attempts to stop traffic

(Newser) - A motorcycle cop accompanying President Obama's motorcade in Florida was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck yesterday. The officer, whose identity hasn't been released, was killed as he prepared to shut a section of an interstate in Palm Beach County, reports AP . No charges have... More »

Pickup Crashes in Texas, Killing 13 of 23 Riders

Truck was jammed with riders in cab and bed

(Newser) - Tragedy in Texas, where at least 13 people are dead and 10 injured after a pickup truck carrying 23 passengers—crammed into both the cab and the bed—ran into two large trees. "This is the most people I've seen in any passenger vehicle, and I've been... More »

4th of July Deadliest Day on US Roads

Teens make up 10% of day's traffic deaths, AAA warns

(Newser) - Independence Day is no time to forget about road safety, AAA warns. Today is the deadliest day of the year for American drivers, with an average 140 fatalities, and teenage drivers and their passengers account for nearly a tenth of those deaths, reports the Los Angeles Times . Road deaths in... More »

Sheep Fall From Sky After Crash

No humans injured in weird Melbourne accident

(Newser) - Imagine, for a moment, that you're driving down the highway some night, minding your own business, when suddenly hundreds of sheep fall from the sky and smash into your windshield. That's what happened to motorists in Melbourne yesterday, as a truck carrying 400 sheep crashed and tipped over... More »

Fatal Crashes Spike Near Tax Day

Stress can lead to traffic accidents: researchers

(Newser) - As if Tax Day isn't depressing enough, it turns out you're also more likely to die in a traffic accident on or around April 15. Between 1980 and 2009, traffic accident deaths were an average of 6% higher on tax filing day than they were on a day... More »

Truck Driver Uses Feet for Brakes

... and it doesn't turn out so well for him

(Newser) - Instead of using his head and calling for a tow when his brakes went out, a Michigan man decided to use his feet—to stop his truck. After discovering his brakes weren't working, the 24-year-old continued to drive home, reports the Macomb Daily . While he did manage to stop... More »

Cash Cab Taxi Kills Man

Canadian, 61, hit as car is being returned after filming

(Newser) - The fake taxi used by the Canadian version of the reality TV show Cash Cab killed a 61-year-old man as a producer was returning the vehicle to a storage lot after filming, reports the Vancouver Sun . There were no witnesses, but the "taxi" is now being held by Vancouver... More »

Cops: Hit-and-Run Driver Kept Going With Body in Car

Says he was unaware, faces 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A Houston man told the cop who pulled him over he thought he might have hit something on the freeway, but couldn't be sure. That's when the officer pointed out his shattered windshield and the mangled corpse in his passenger seat, reports the Houston Chronicle . More »

Traffic Deaths Hit 61-Year Low

2010 least deadly year on American roads since 1949

(Newser) - Some 32,788 people died on American roads in 2010, the smallest number since Harry Truman was in the White House—and there were a lot fewer people on the roads back then. Last year saw the fewest traffic accident deaths since 1949, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... More »

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