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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 »

A Foot of Snow Fell, Then the Deadly Avalanche Hit

8 students feared dead in Japan

(Newser) - What started as a snow-filled trip for seven schools in Japan has ended in tragedy. The BBC reports that eight high school students are believed to have been killed in an avalanche that hit a ski resort 90 miles north of Tokyo on Monday. Some 70 students and teachers were... More »

10-Year-Old Found Dead Under 2 Feet of Snow

It was a freak accident

(Newser) - A boy doing what any kid does on a snow day—digging around in the snow—met a tragic end when the tunnel he had burrowed collapsed and suffocated him. The 10-year-old was playing on his grandparents' farm in upstate New York Wednesday when his father, who was clearing the... More »

Mom Leaves for 6 Minutes, Twins Drown in Washer

The 3-year-olds, who fell into the machine head-first, became stuck

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—leave your kids alone for a few minutes and suffer their loss for the rest of your life. Such is the tragic tale out of India, where a mother of twin 3-year-old boys says she stepped out of their Delhi home for six... More »

Few Think Mom Was Shot by Her Son—Except the Son

Police originally blamed a 6-year-old back in 2001, but now they're not so sure

(Newser) - What's not in dispute is this: On March 28, 2001, 37-year-old Jill Wells was fatally struck in the head by a bullet. What's very much in dispute is the original explanation by police: They said Wells' 6-year-old son, Tanner, accidentally shot his mom as they were target shooting... More »

Jamie Lynn's Daughter 'Awake and Talking' After Accident

8-year-old Maddie didn't seem to suffer neurologically after Louisiana ATV accident

(Newser) - Jamie Lynn Spears and the rest of her family are likely breathing a cautious sigh of relief after her 8-year-old daughter regained consciousness Tuesday following an ATV accident over the weekend in which she almost drowned, People reports. Maddie Aldridge's mom, dad (Spears' ex Casey Aldridge), and stepdad (Spears'... More »

ATV Accident Badly Injures Jamie Lynn Spears' Daughter

8-year-old Maddie Aldridge was allegedly underwater for several minutes, per TMZ

(Newser) - "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie." That's what Jamie Spears, dad of Britney and Jamie Lynn, told Entertainment Tonight following reports that his 8-year-old granddaughter had been seriously injured in an ATV accident Sunday. TMZ first reported on the incident, which reportedly took... More »

50 Years Ago Today, 4 Awful Words: 'Fire in the Cockpit!'

3 NASA astronauts perished during testing for an Apollo 1 moon mission

(Newser) - "We have a fire in the cockpit!" were words no one expected during a routine test for what was to be a momentous space mission. But that was what horrified NASA personnel heard on Jan. 27, 1967, as three astronauts prepping for a flight to the moon... More »

Mom's E-Cig Liquid Almost Kills Girl, 6

Dad accidentally gave daughter liquid nicotine that was in ibuprofen bottle

(Newser) - When a 6-year-old girl in Oregon sprained her ankle, her father reached for their liquid child ibuprofen bottle and gave his daughter a 10ml dose. She lost consciousness almost immediately and her limbs began to jerk, so he took a tiny sip and realized it was liquid nicotine for his... More »

He Parked in June, Couldn't Find Car Until Now

Unnamed man searched for it for days; 6 months later, mystery solved

(Newser) - You know those few seconds of panic when you can't recall exactly where in the lot you parked the car? Multiply it by a couple million and you have this story out of the UK. In June, a man borrowed a friend's BMW in Scotland and drove south... 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 »

Nearly Every Worker Perishes in Accident at Power Plant in China

67 people were killed by the collapse of the work platform

(Newser) - Scaffolding at a construction site in eastern China collapsed into a deadly heap on Thursday, sending iron pipes, steel bars, and wooden planks tumbling down on about 70 workers in the country's worst work-safety accident in more than two years. At least 67 people were killed by the collapse... More »

Elk Gets Posthumous Revenge on the Hunter Who Killed It

Oregon hunter almost killed himself when he flipped his ATV

(Newser) - An Oregon hunter found himself in a dangerous situation after accidentally impaling himself on his own kill, the Oregonian reports. Gary Heeter, 69, was dragging an elk carcass behind his ATV up a steep hill Saturday when the vehicle flipped, impaling Heeter in the back on the elk's antler.... More »

Woman Critically Injured by Pumpkin Cannon

'Punkin Chunkin' contest hit by tragedy

(Newser) - Delaware's famous Punkin Chunkin competition, in which teams fire pumpkins impressive distances from an assortment of contraptions, was hit by tragedy Sunday when a pumpkin cannon blew up, critically injuring a 39-year-old woman. The "Pumpkin Reaper" air cannon was getting ready to launch a pumpkin when the trapdoor... More »

Baltimore School Bus Crash 'Sounded Like a Trainwreck'

No kids on school bus that slammed into commuter bus, but 6 people died

(Newser) - Police are investigating a Tuesday morning crash in Southwest Baltimore between a school bus and a commuter bus that left six dead, the Baltimore Sun reports. No children were reportedly on the school bus, but the driver of that bus died, while five people on the MTA bus perished, Baltimore... More »

2 Kids, 1 Adult Die in Halloween Hayride Tragedy

Trailer was rear-ended on Miss. highway

(Newser) - A vehicle struck a hay-lined flatbed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities say. Two children and one adult—all related to each other—were killed in the crash, Newton County Coroner Danny... More »

1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Alabama Pipeline Blast

Blast happened near site of September leak

(Newser) - An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama killed one worker and injured six others Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline in September, authorities say. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened near... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... More »

Climate Scientist Dies in Antarctica Accident

Snowmobile plunged 100 feet into crevasse

(Newser) - America's close-knit team of Antarctic researchers is mourning a colleague who died in one of the continent's most dangerous areas. Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton, a 50-year-old Scotsman, died Saturday when his snowmobile plunged into a crevasse in an area known as the "Shear Zone," 25 miles... More »

Cop Kills Woman, 73, by Mistake in Role-Playing Drill

Mary Knowlton, 73, was picked at random to participate

(Newser) - In what's being described as a "horrible accident" by Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis, a 73-year-old Florida woman was mistakenly shot dead while participating in a citizen police academy designed to better relations between officers and the community they serve. The "shoot or don't shoot"... More »

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