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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 »

Newlyweds Among Dead in Worst US Balloon Crash

Pilot was arrested for DUI in 2000

(Newser) - Authorities have confirmed that 15 passengers and the pilot died Saturday in what is believed to be the deadliest hot air balloon crash in American history. The victims of the crash near Lockhart in central Texas include newlyweds Matt and Sunday Rowan, who were married just six months ago, People... More »

Chicago Victim Said to Be First US Bike-Sharing Death

Virginia Murray collided with flatbed truck

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman taking advantage of Chicago's bike-sharing service died Friday morning after she and a flatbed truck turned at the same time and crashed— reportedly making her the first bike-share fatality in the US since the service first debuted in Oklahoma in 2007, a bike-sharing consultant tells the... More »

Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying

Crowd at M&D’s theme park tries to help

(Newser) - People watched in horror Sunday as a roller coaster car flew off the rails and plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a Scottish theme park, injuring two adults and up to nine children. Eyewitnesses say the car from the Tsunami roller coaster landed upside-down on another ride at M&... More »

Humvees Fell From the Sky, Broke Into Smithereens

To the great delight of the guy filming the now-viral video

(Newser) - The US Army is investigating what went wrong during an April 11 training exercise, during which three Humvees fell from airplanes and smashed to the ground. No one was hurt in the April 11 incident, which happened at the Hohenfels training area in Germany, Army spokesman Maj. Juan Martinez tells... More »

Motorcyclist Killed After Smashing Into Fridge

NJ cops trying to find who abandoned appliance on side of road

(Newser) - When winter turns to spring in New Jersey, there's always an uptick in the number of motorcycle crashes, with the two main reasons cited by state cops being "unsafe speed" and "driver inattention," notes. Further down the list is "road/environmental factor," which... More »

What Happens When a Beer Truck Crashes Into a Chips Truck

That's one tasty Florida highway

(Newser) - It wasn't a happy hour for some central Florida drivers when trucks carrying Busch beer and Frito-Lay chips collided, spilling them both along Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning near Melbourne in what KUSA is calling a "couch potato's dream." Per the AP , Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman... More »

Man Fatally Shoots Himself While Taking Selfies

43-year-old from Washington state had been posing with girlfriend

(Newser) - A day spent posing for selfies with his girlfriend and a gun turned out to be fatal for a man in Washington state. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the unnamed man accidentally shot himself in the face Sunday while taking a photo. The girlfriend of the 43-year-old from Concrete says... More »

Girl Blows Nose, Solves 6-Month Mystery

The 5-year-old forgot to tell her mom about that sandcastle of safety pins

(Newser) - A California family has finally solved the six-month mystery of what was causing 5-year-old Khloe Russell's nose to constantly exude thick, green, stinky snot—a mystery that even stumped several doctors they visited. It turns out the reason the multiple rounds of antibiotics prescribed for what appeared to be... More »

Twins Killed Sledding on Olympic Track Had Worked There

Jordan and Evan Caldwell were Hill Ambassadors

(Newser) - The twin 17-year-olds who died early Saturday after sneaking onto the bobsled track at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park and trying to sled down it once worked there, the CBC reports. Jordan and Evan Caldwell served "as Hill Ambassadors during last winter's season," per the CEO of... More »

Twins Killed Sledding on Olympic Bobsled Track

Teenagers broke into Calgary track, crashed

(Newser) - Twin 17-year-old brothers were killed early Saturday at Calgary's Olympic park after they snuck onto the bobsled track with a group of friends and tried to sled down it, reports Sky News . "Part way down, the group hit a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge... More »

27 People Died Taking Selfies Last Year

India and Russia are particularly plagued by this issue

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a deep dive into the field of selfie research, and it's come up with a disturbing number: The paper says 27 people died while taking selfies in 2015, and in some countries, it's become a major headache. Nearly half of those deaths occurred in... More »

Michigan Teen Killed in Sledding Accident

Boy was being pulled by a vehicle

(Newser) - A Michigan teen on a sled being towed by a vehicle was killed Saturday when he slammed into a tree, Fox 17 reports. Mason Dykstra, 15, of Manlius Township was transported to a hospital after the accident, and later died. Students and staff gathered at Hamilton High School on Sunday... More »

Skier's 1,600-Foot Fall Caught on Video

'The most terrifying crash I've ever seen'

(Newser) - Sure it's fast, but it's not the way we would choose to get down a mountain. UPI reports a 24-year-old professional skier survived a 1,600-foot fall while filming footage for an extreme sports film in Alaska's Necola mountains. The film production company, Teton Gravity Research, posted... More »

Duck Boat Never Got Recommended Fix

5th victim of Seattle crash dies

(Newser) - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating last week's deadly Ride the Ducks crash in Seattle, and it looks as if the vehicle's operators are going to have to answer some very tough questions. The board says that Ride the Ducks International issued a warning about potential axle... More »

4 Dead After Duck Vehicle Hits Bus

12 others in critical condition

(Newser) - Four people are dead in Seattle after a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle and a charter bus collided today. Twelve people are in critical condition, and 20 others have minor injuries, the Seattle Times reports. The Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle collided with the bus, which was carrying 45 students... More »

Horrified Parents Watch as School Bus Drives Into Pond

All 27 Fla. elementary students were rescued with no serious injuries

(Newser) - The parents of more than two dozen Florida elementary students are breathing a sigh of relief—and some are drying off—after a terrifying school bus accident yesterday in Tampa, Fla. As parents stood waiting for their children around 2:30pm, the bus from Mary E. Bryant Elementary drove right... More »

Kid Trips Into $1.5M Painting

The only Paolo Porpora artwork that's signed now has a fist-size hole in it

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, terrorists threaten art and antiquities , but in Taiwan tween boys holding beverages are the threat. A 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei lived out what was probably his (and his mother's) worst nightmare when he tripped next... More »

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