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When Wedding Prep Ended, Bridesmaid Was Dead

Heather McNamara killed by falling tree in Kentucky

(Newser) - A few weeks before she was to walk down the aisle as bridesmaid at her friend's wedding, Heather McNamara's father passed away. It was only the first tragedy to befall the circle of friends before the nuptials could take place, reports WLWT . As the wedding party took a... More »

Family Trip to the Ice Cream Shop Ends in Tragedy

Incident happened at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala.

(Newser) - At what is normally the happiest of family destinations, a horror: Police investigating a call of a missing child at Bruster's Real Ice Cream in Auburn, Ala., before 1pm Saturday arrived to find the 3-year-old had been located but was unresponsive. Sadie Grace Andrews had been found in a... More »

Parents Chase After Son, All 3 Perish in Volcano Crater

Tragedy at Solfatara

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy is the sole surviving member of a family that was wiped out in a horrific accident near Naples, Italy, on Tuesday. Reports conflict, but in general they agree that the Italian family's 11-year-old son crossed a protective barrier and entered an area of the Solfatara volcanic... More »

Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when... More »

Relaxing Evening in Hammock Turns Tragic for Ky. Teen

Michelle Chalk, 15, killed by falling tree

(Newser) - A Kentucky teen who was set to start her freshman year in high school this fall instead met a tragic fate this week while hanging out with a friend. Michelle Chalk, 15, was lounging in a hammock positioned between two trees in a friend's Fort Thomas backyard Tuesday when... More »

Jet Blast Kills Tourist on Beach

NZ woman failed to heed warning signs

(Newser) - A tourist from New Zealand was killed by a jet blast Wednesday at a Caribbean beach famous for being under low-flying aircraft. According to 721News , the 57-year-old woman was holding on to the fence separating St. Maarten's Maho Beach from Princess Juliana International Airport when the blast from a... More »

Freak Accident Involving Wine Glasses Kills Woman

It was the 'worst kind of tragedy,' Steve Bedard says of his mother's death

(Newser) - A freak accident involving a golf cart and wine glasses claimed the life of a California woman on Friday. The Mercury News reports Debra Bedard, 58, and longtime partner Richard Clarke, 57, were cruising though their private olive orchard at their vacation home southeast of Sacramento when the incident occurred.... More »

Man Hits Hydrant With Car. He Was Dead Minutes Later

Witnesses say he was sucked into a hole under his car and drowned

(Newser) - A Florida man drowned when he crashed into a fire hydrant and was pulled into a hole under his car by the resulting flood of water, WESH reports. It was his 89th birthday. According to News 13 , Robert Dreyer hit the hydrant in Viera around 10am Wednesday. He got out... More »

Girl, 11, Dies on Theme Park Water Ride

Witnesses say she stood up on water ride

(Newser) - Police in Britain are investigating the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl on a water ride at the Drayton Manor theme park. Officials at the park say the girl, who was on a school trip, was fatally injured when she fell from the Splash Canyon ride on Tuesday afternoon, CNN... More »

College Freshman Killed During Hammer Throw Event

Ethan Roser was volunteering at track and field competition at Wheaton College

(Newser) - A track and field event ended in tragedy Saturday afternoon in Illinois. A 19-year-old freshman volunteering at a competition held at Wheaton College was accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw event. WCPO reports the "hammer" is actually a metal ball that's attached to a grip... More »

Freak Wave Turns Family Vacation Into Nightmare

Father, toddler daughter drown after being pulled into water from beach

(Newser) - A family in England is in mourning after a vacation turned into a horrifying fight for life that both the father and a toddler daughter ultimately lost. The Bruynius family had traveled from London to a resort in Cornwall and were fishing on rocks on the beach on Aug. 19,... More »

Mother, Daughter Die in Freak Sauna Accident

Police say the handle on the sauna broke

(Newser) - A broken door handle proved deadly for two women in the Czech Republic on Saturday. Police say a mother and daughter, ages 65 and 45, died after becoming trapped in their friend's sauna for roughly 90 minutes. A police rep who spoke about the freak accident—which the AFP... More »

Man Beheaded in Freak Accident Had Pregnant Wife

Cops say Fabian Zepeda would never have seen wire across road

(Newser) - The man decapitated in a freak motorcycle accident in San Bernardino, Calif., on Tuesday morning has been identified as Fabian Zepeda, a 27-year-old who'd been married for less than a year and whose wife is four months pregnant. "I am very happy to keep a little blessing from... More »

Young Motorcyclist Decapitated in Freak Accident

Driver of a Ford Taurus lost control, setting the tragedy into motion

(Newser) - A Ford Taurus crashed in a yard in San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday morning, and the accident set off a series of events that ended in a freak tragedy. The Press-Enterprise reports that after the driver lost control and struck a mailbox, his car didn't stop in that home's... More »

Teen Dies While Jumping From Roof to Roof During Game

Group of friends was playing Capture-the-Flag

(Newser) - A rooftop game of Capture-the-Flag turned fatal in Denver, Colo., Friday night. A 17-year-old boy fell to his death from the roof of the Denver Academy private school around 8:15pm, police confirmed Saturday night. According to another teen who was with the boy, the group of friends was on... More »

Explosion Launches 1.5-Ton Boiler 500 Feet, Killing 3

The van-sized boiler caused casualties in 2 different St. Louis buildings

(Newser) - A bizarre and deadly accident happened in St. Louis on Monday when a 1.5-ton boiler exploded, killing one person—with the force of the blast then propelling the boiler out of the building and through the roof of another, with equally deadly consequences. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the... More »

Teen Boys Found Dead at Scenic Cliffs

UK police don't know what happened

(Newser) - Two teenage best friends are dead, leaving a community in northern England long on sadness but short on answers. Police found the bodies of Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, just before 7pm Friday evening at the base of scenic cliffs, the Telegraph reports. Cleveland police said they were... More »

Mom, Child Die in 2 Different Accidents 30 Minutes Apart

What appears to be a sad coincidence in Alabama

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old daughter were both killed Tuesday in Alabama—but, in what seems to be a freak coincidence, in two different incidents. Per Valley Head police, the girl was hit by a vehicle on state Route 117 just outside Mentone around 3:30pm, although authorities are still... More »

20 Dead After Freak Accident at Waterfall

The victims were mostly high school students

(Newser) - It's one of Ghana's top tourist draws, and on Sunday, the scene of a freak tragedy. Some 20 high school students were killed at the Kintampo waterfalls when a tree or trees (media reports differ on the number) fell at the top of the falls and toppled on... More »

Amid Storm, Camper Killed at Yosemite

Fierce winds, heavy snow may be to blame for bringing tree down that killed woman

(Newser) - A camper at Yosemite National Park left his site with his wife Sunday morning to fetch coffee, but when they tried to return to their tent, they were met with the sight of an ambulance, a firetruck, and park rangers who wouldn't let them back into the area. The... More »

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