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Girl, 5, Flags Down Help for Mom in Wreck

Lexi Shymanski climbed an embankment in her bare feet

(Newser) - A little girl in Canada saved her mom and her brother by taking extraordinary action after a car accident in June, the CBC reports. Lexi Shymanski, 5, was strapped into the back seat beside her baby brother when their mom, Angela—soothed by a lullaby CD playing for the kids—... More »

Thousands Go to ER for Treadmill Injuries—Even Kids

SurveyMonkey CEO's sudden death reminds us exercise equipment can be dangerous

(Newser) - The sudden death of SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg after he apparently fell off a treadmill was a tragedy for those who loved him—and a reminder to everyone else that fitness machines can be dangerous if not used properly. In fact, according to data from the US Consumer Product Safety... More »

7 Celebs Who've Hurt Themselves While Filming

Or at least while on location

(Newser) - Johnny Depp hurt his hand while on location for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick, the Huffington Post reports, though the Wrap notes he wasn't filming or even on set at the time. He needs surgery, but production will be only "minimally impacted," a source says.... More »

Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Injured in Car Crash

Freeh has a broken leg and underwent surgery, officials say

(Newser) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh suffered injuries including a broken leg and cuts to his head in a single-car accident today. Law enforcement sources tell NBC News and CNN that he drove his GMC Yukon SUV off a road in Vermont into a mailbox. Now he's in stable condition... More »

Civil War Cannon Explodes, Sends 3 Kids to Hospital

Re-enactment goes awry

(Newser) - Three kids in Orem, Utah, were injured during a parade Saturday night when a Civil War re-enactment got out of control, KSTU reports. The children—all of them participating in the re-enactment and parade, according to the Daily Herald —were injured during a ceremonial cannon firing after a spark... More »

Only One of Injured Acrobats Can Walk

Samantha Pitard says she wants to perform again

(Newser) - Only one of the acrobats who fell during a circus act last weekend has been released, and she wants back in the ring—but the others may not perform or even walk again, the AP reports. Their 20-foot fall during a hair-hanging act left several in intensive care, with injuries... More »

1 Dead, 23 Hurt as Truck, Train Collide

West Virginia scenic tour turns horrific on US Route 250

(Newser) - The driver of a loaded log truck that collided today with a sightseeing train carrying 63 passengers and four crew members on a scenic leaf-peeping circuit in West Virginia's mountains was the lone fatality in an accident that injured 23 others, authorities said. At least six of the injured... More »

10 Actors Injured While Filming

It's not all fun and games, apparently

(Newser) - Being an actor brings with it fame, fortune, and sometimes serious injuries. Huffington Post rounds up 10 of the latter:
  • Robert Downey Jr. accidentally broke Halle Berry's arm while filming Gothika. In a scene where he had to restrain her, RDJ just "twisted my arm the wrong way,
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NASCAR Crash: Badly Hurt Fans Upgraded to Stable

Driver Michael Annett released from hospital

(Newser) - Good news from Daytona Beach, Fla.: The two worst-hurt fans in yesterday's horrific NASCAR crash have been upgraded from critical to stable condition, the Charlotte Observer reports. One of them is an adult and the other a child; the child's injuries were initially considered life-threatening. In all, 28... More »

New Modern Malady: Texting While Parenting

It's one plausible explanation for the spike in injuries to little kids

(Newser) - Parents of young kids, keep your phones in your pocket while at the playground: The Wall Street Journal today looks at the maybe-problem of "texting while parenting." Skeptics will note that the evidence is mostly anecdotal, but they'll have to explain a strange coincidence of stats: The... More »

Hundreds of NYE Partiers Injured in Philippines

Official campaign warns of amputations, mangled hands

(Newser) - Officials in the Philippines tried to curb the usual tide of injuries this New Year's Eve and even had some success, the New York Times reports. Hundreds of people are injured there every New Year's by fireworks, fighting, and celebratory gunfire—so officials recently mounted a campaign, running... More »

Harry Reid Slips in Rain, Dislocates Shoulder

He dislocated his shoulder, bruised his head

(Newser) - Harry Reid slipped and fell after a rainy morning workout today, dislocating his shoulder and suffering a head bruise. He was taken to George Washington University Hospital, but after being checked for a concussion or other internal injuries, he was treated quickly and released, Politico reports. The 71-year-old, sporting a... More »

Beware These Horrific Holiday Mishaps

From common slips to exploding lights and eyelids stuck in zippers

(Newser) - Work enough Christmases in the ER, and you’ll see every manner of bizarre holiday accident—some of them more than once. One UK doctor shares with the Telegraph the injuries his hospital sees "without fail" every year:
  • Exploding tree lights burn eyelids and eyeballs, so keep a safe
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26 Injured by Turbulence on Flight From Rio

4 are serious after Continental flight from Rio lands in Miami

(Newser) - Four people were seriously injured when a Continental Airlines flight from Rio de Janeiro to Houston experienced extreme turbulence mid-flight early this morning, the AP reports. Continental flight 128, with 168 people on board, was diverted to Miami, where the plane landed safely this morning, says the FAA. In addition... More »

Marseilles Cops Probe Madonna Stage Collapse

Company behind it made LA stage that caved in last year

(Newser) - Police in Marseilles have launched a manslaughter investigation into the Madonna stage collapse that killed two and injured ten others, the Times of London reports. Police plan to question dozens of witnesses, analyze videotape, and read over commercial contracts. The company that built the stage—and constructed a Madonna stage... More »

Computer-Related Injuries Soar

Children found to be most at risk from injuries caused by computer equipment

(Newser) - The huge rise in computer ownership between 1994 and 2006 was accompanied by a rise twice as big in the number of people injuring themselves with them, Time reports. A recent study found that almost 10,000 Americans a year now get hurt seriously enough to visit hospital emergency rooms... More »

Kids' Injuries Parallel Rise of Flat Screens: Study

Hospital visits up 41% since 1990

(Newser) - The increasing popularity of flat-screen TVs coincides with a rise in child injuries from furniture tip-overs, MSNBC reports. Nearly 17,000 kids were rushed to hospitals after furniture fell on them in 2007, the last year with available data, a study reveals. That’s a 41% increase from 1990. TVs... More »

378 Civilians Reported Dead in Sri Lanka Artillery Barrage

1,100 injured; rebels, army blame each other

(Newser) - An all-night artillery barrage in Sri Lanka's war zone killed at least 378 civilians and forced thousands to flee to makeshift shelters, a government doctor said today. The army and Tamil Tiger rebels each blamed the other for the barrage, which the doctor said left at least 1,100 people... More »

Cowboys Tent Collapses; Asst. Coach Breaks Back

(Newser) - Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis broke his back and 11 more were injured when winds just shy of tornado strength ripped through the roof of the team's indoor practice facility during a rookie minicamp today. Former coach Dan Reeves, DeCamillis' father-in-law, said the first-year Dallas coach has broken... More »

Pet-Related Falls Injure Thousands

A study has found that 1% of emergency room trips are due to falls linked to pets

(Newser) - America's dogs and cats are responsible for 86,000 serious falls a year, the Washington Post reports. A federal study found that 1% of all emergency room visits for fall-related injuries were the result of owners tripping over pets or being pulled off balance during walks. Dogs were blamed for... More »

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