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They Looked Up, Then the Ceiling Came Down

Incident captured on video in China

(Newser) - Surveillance video captured a scary scene in northwest China Saturday, when an unspecified ceiling decoration collapsed onto a people-packed escalator. The incident occurred at the Huashan Mountain tourist center in Huayin City, and Fox News reports at least nine people were injured, though none seriously, per news.com.au . The... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

Lightning Kills Arkansas Father of 2

Tyler Grisham was doing construction work when a tree close to him was struck

(Newser) - A father of two was killed by lightning last week as storms blew through central Arkansas, KARK reports. Tyler Grisham was working at a construction site Friday when a tree nearby him was struck. Grisham was also hit and rushed to a hospital, but it was too late. Grisham's... More »

Massachusetts Woman Dies After Falling in Fire Pit

Investigators say she was unable to climb out

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman died from severe burns after falling into a fire pit outside her home, authorities say. Jacqueline Cardinal, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Saturday night accident in Worcester, MassLive.com reports. Michelle Gay, one of her two daughters, says her mother was outside the... More »

Giraffe Kills South African Film Director

It wasn't the giraffe's fault, safari lodge says

(Newser) - Giraffes aren't exactly South Africa's deadliest creature, but they can still be extremely dangerous: A South African film director is dead after what film agency CallaCrew describes as a "fatal run-in with a giraffe on set." Carlos Carvalho, 47, was filming close-ups of the bull giraffe... More »

'Mom, I'm Dying': Error Leads to Woman 'Embalmed Alive'

Russia's Ekaterina Fedyaeva dies after injection of formaldehyde instead of saline

(Newser) - A Russian woman who went for a routine procedure in hopes of soon becoming pregnant ended up dead after doctors mistakenly injected her with formaldehyde instead of saline—leading to her being "embalmed alive," per the Washington Post . Ekaterina Fedyaeva, in her late 20s, had gone in for... More »

Trapped Teen Used Siri to Call 911. It Wasn't Enough

Also, Cincinnati newspaper is able to re-create freak accident that killed Kyle Plush

(Newser) - It sounds too awful to be a true: A 16-year-old boy becomes trapped alone in the back of a minivan and suffocates to death despite calling 911 twice. How did it happen to Kyle Plush of Cincinnati? It seems the teen was grabbing his tennis equipment inside the parked 2004... More »

He Planned His Proposal in the Bahamas. Then Came the Wave

19-year-old Jonathan Brussow tragically killed in freak accident on island of Eleuthera

(Newser) - "God brought Jonathan in with a storm and took him back in a storm." That's how the family of 19-year-old Jonathan Brussow describe his death earlier this month in the Bahamas, just after he'd asked the family of his girlfriend for permission to marry her. Athena... More »

They Never Heard It Coming. Then the Snowmobile Crashed

Man held liable after he's thrown off snowmobile, which slammed into friend, causing 'horrific' injuries

(Newser) - A fun day snowmobiling in British Columbia left one man with "horrific" injuries and another liable for them after he was thrown off his snowmobile and the vehicle kept going, slamming into one of his companions. InfoTel News reports that Devon Webb, Angelo Passerin, and about eight others were... More »

2 Women Die While Digging for Clams Friday Night

Incidents happened along the southwestern Washington state coast

(Newser) - The two calls were placed to 911 in Pacific County, Wash., within a four-minute period on Friday night. First, at 8:57pm, a call from north of Ocean Park on the Long Beach Peninsula, where a 70-year-old woman who'd been digging for clams with her husband disappeared into the... More »

Skydiving Santa, Elf on Shelf Crash-Land on Florida Beach

They slammed into tree and light pole during charity event, but both are OK

(Newser) - A skydiving Santa looking to make a grand entrance while taking an Elf on the Shelf to a 9-year-old girl crashed into a tree and light pole before hitting a Florida beach and breaking his leg, the AP reports. News outlets say George Krokus was dressed as Santa Claus during... More »

'Unpreventable Tragedy': Elephant Attacks, Kills Handler

Others say performing elephants' plight makes Thailand incident unsurprising

(Newser) - In July, World Animal Protection issued a report on the "thousands of elephants exploited for tourism" in Asia, with Thailand listed as a "main concern." One of those elephants, a well-known performer in films and ads, may have rebelled against his own conditions Monday, crushing to death... More »

Man Pulled Into Wood Chipper Dies 'Within Seconds'

His 'traumatized' friends couldn't save him

(Newser) - A man trying to do a favor for a family friend ended up dead in a tragic accident in Australia Sunday night that local authorities are calling one of the worst scenes they've come across. Emergency services were called to a rural property in Queensland, where they found the... More »

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 »

Teen Crushed, Killed While Lifting Weights

Gym rules say kids are supposed to be accompanied by an adult

(Newser) - An Australian teen who was crushed while lifting weights has died, the BBC reports. Ben Shaw, 15, was bench-pressing about 215 pounds at a Brisbane gym last Tuesday when the bar he was pumping slipped, pinning him and crushing his neck. The critically injured teen was rushed to a children'... More »

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