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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 »

Arrests After UConn Student Killed in Freak Accident

Jeffny Pally, 19, died in October after being run over by a fire department vehicle

(Newser) - A freak accident left the University of Connecticut reeling in October; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more. Jeffny Pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the Storrs campus around 1:15am when the door opened as fire... More »

Windy Day Leads to Tragedy on Virginia Bridge

47-year-old Joseph Chen didn't survive after his rig plunged into Chesapeake Bay

(Newser) - A blustery day on a Virginia bridge led to a truck driver's death Thursday, the AP reports. Joseph Chen, a 47-year-old employee of Evans Transport, was crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in his tractor-trailer around 12:30pm, shortly after weather reports had indicated a Level 1 wind advisory, meaning... More »

Mom Dies, 2 Daughters Hurt in Chair Lift Fall

Accidents are 'super rare,' industry says

(Newser) - Tragedy in ski country: A mother died and her two daughters were injured in a fall from a chair lift at a ski resort in Colorado Thursday. Authorities say the 40-year-old woman from Texas and the girls, ages 9 and 12, fell around 20 feet from the lift onto snow... More »

Fun Father-Son Sledding Outing Ends in Tragedy

Maryland man, 35, died after car slammed into sled; 4-year-old son expected to recover

(Newser) - Authorities say a man who was sledding with his son when they were hit by a vehicle in Maryland has died. The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that 35-year-old Adam French of Baltimore died Sunday night, the AP reports. Officials say French's 4-year-old son,... More »

Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in 'Industrial Accident'

Technician was hit by lift, circus says

(Newser) - An employee with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police say. Police responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an accident near the show's tent, a... More »

Man Dissolved by Hot Spring Was Checking Temperature

Final report on Yellowstone death released

(Newser) - A man who left the boardwalk in a highly dangerous area of Yellowstone National Park was looking for a place to swim but ended up being dissolved in a hot spring, according to the final official report on the June 7 accident. The report states that Oregon man Colin Nathaniel... More »

Toad-Hunting Boy Hit by Golf Club, Killed

The 13-year-old immediately went into cardiac arrest

(Newser) - The poisonous cane toad has plagued Australia for the past several years, and while authorities recommend getting rid of the pests as humanely as possibly, i.e. by placing them in refrigerators and then freezers, kids sometimes go hunting for them with golf clubs. Such was the context when tragedy... More »

UConn Student Killed in Freak Fire Truck Accident

Jeffny Pally, 19, was run over early Sunday

(Newser) - The University of Connecticut community is reeling after a 19-year-old sophomore was struck and killed by a campus fire truck early Sunday, reports the Hartford Courant . Jeffny Pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station on the Storrs campus around 1:15am when the door... More »

Stingray Kills Aquarium Worker

Philip Chan, 62, was helping transfer Singapore sea creatures to new homes

(Newser) - In what police are calling the first death of its kind in Singapore, a longtime professional diver was killed by a stingray Tuesday at a shuttered aquarium, the BBC and Reuters report. Philip Chan, 62, who'd worked at Underwater World since it opened its doors in 1991, was the... More »

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