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He Was Waiting for a Bus in NYC. Then, a Horrifying Plunge

Leonard Shoulders is 'traumatized' after falling into sinkhole full of rats in the Bronx

(Newser) - Yes, 2020 has been a disaster so far, but at least for most of us, "sinkhole full of rats" wasn't also part of the narrative. Leonard Shoulders, however, can't say the same. The Guardian notes that although New York City is "used to tall tales of... More »

Man's Fatal Plunge Yields Another Death

25-year-old man dies from fall in Arizona park, but his wasn't the only death officials discovered

(Newser) - A 25-year-old man plummeted to his death from an Arizona cliff, and in retrieving his body, a sheriff's deputy made another stunning find. A National Park Service release notes that a call came in around 9am Sunday that someone had fallen from a bluff at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook,... More »

2 Students Fall From Roof During Party

The 19-year-olds, now in hospitals, may have been taking a selfie

(Newser) - Two college students are in the hospital after falling four stories from the rooftop deck of a building during a party in Philadelphia, reportedly while taking a selfie. One of the 19-year-old women is in critical condition, ABC News reports, while the other has leg and ankle injuries. The Temple... More »

Hiker Survives 200-Foot Fall on Mount Washington

Ashley Furness, 35, was rescued with the Cog Railway train's help

(Newser) - A hiker descending Mount Washington who fell about 200 feet and got hurt was rescued with the help of the Cog Railway train that takes visitors up and down the summit during tourism season. New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said the hiker, Ashley Furness, 35, of Bartlett, was... More »

FedEx Driver Survives 75-Foot Fall After 'Good Deed'

Jeremiah Cribb jumped over side of NC bridge to avoid getting hit by truck while helping motorists

(Newser) - It was a middle-of-the-night "good deed" that FedEx driver Jeremiah Cribb was trying to do, per CNN —but it turned out to be one that landed him in the hospital after he plunged 75 feet over a North Carolina bridge. The Salisbury Post and WSOC report that Cribb,... More »

Family Sues Cruise Line Over Toddler's Fatal Fall

Chloe Wiegand fell from what her grandfather says he didn't realize was an open window

(Newser) - The family of the toddler who died in a fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has spoken out against the company many times, and now they're suing. Chloe Wiegand's family, in a lawsuit they announced Wednesday in Indiana two days before what would have been Chloe's... More »

He Was Hanging Christmas Lights. Then, 'Help Me, Help Me'

$50K raised following Texas father's fatal fall

(Newser) - Nearly $50,000 has been raised for a Texas family who will be missing a beloved member this Christmas. Felipe Gallegos of Rhome was hanging Christmas lights from the roof of a home in Argyle with his 17-year-old son when he fell Saturday. His wife, Alisha Flick, heard a noise... More »

She Was Climbing El Capitan When She Fell

Emily Harrington is 'banged up but gonna be OK'

(Newser) - A top rock climber is thankful to be alive after falling from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. "I took a bad fall and pin balled a bit then somehow hit the rope [with] my neck," Emily Harrington wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a photo of her resting... More »

Early Morning Hike Ends in Tragedy at National Park

Authorities investigating how 2 tourists died, one got hurt at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

(Newser) - An early morning hike near a world-famous arch ended in tragedy for a group of tourists on the day after Thanksgiving. An online post from the Grand County Sheriff's Office in Moab, Utah, says that at around 7:30am Friday, three people fell into the area below Delicate Arch... More »

Grandfather Charged in Toddler's Cruise Ship Death

Salvatore Anello faces manslaughter charge in girl's fall through open window

(Newser) - The grandfather who'd been holding a toddler before she fell to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in July is facing a new heartbreak: charges of negligent manslaughter. Prosecutors in Puerto Rico say Salvatore Anello "negligently exposed" 18-month-old Chloe Wiegand, who fell through an open window... More »

Jimmy Carter in Hospital After New Fall

Former president, 95, cracked his pelvis

(Newser) - Former US president Jimmy Carter has a fractured pelvis but remains in good spirits following his second fall in just over two weeks. The 39th president has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Ga., reports the AP . Carter Center spokeswoman Deanne Congileo described the fracture as... More »

Woman Falls to Her Death From Half Dome

Danielle Burnett, 29, fell more than 500 feet while using mountain's cables, Yosemite officials say

(Newser) - A 29-year-old Arizona woman tumbled to her death this week while ascending Yosemite National Park's Half Dome using the mountain's famous metal cables. Per CBS5 , park officials say Danielle Burnett was climbing the steepest part of the granite mound just before noon on Thursday when she fell down... More »

At Popular Diving Spot, Tragedy When Rock Ledge Collapses

West Point cadet Benjamin Bochtler dies in the Catskills

(Newser) - A West Point cadet candidate has died after falling from a rock ledge at a popular spot among cliff-divers in upstate New York. Benjamin Bochtler, 20, was hanging from the ledge at the site known as Fawn's Leap on Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskill Mountains when a section of... More »

Former Amazing Race Canada Contestant Dead in Fall

Kenneth McAlpine died on Mount Gimli on his 28th birthday

(Newser) - Former Amazing Race Canada contestant Kenneth McAlpine set out to scale a massive rock formation on his 28th birthday. He ended up dying in a fall in the mountains he loved. The Ontario native is believed to have been hiking alone on the last section of trail leading to the... More »

He Fell in His Home. For 5 Days, He Survived on One Thing

Elderly man could only reach Cokes on the floor next to him

(Newser) - Some people drink Coke with their lunch, some as a midday refresher, even some for breakfast in place of warmer caffeinated beverages. For an elderly Virginia man, it was all he consumed for five days straight after a fall in his Arlington home last month, per Fox News . It was... More »

Cops: Student's Fall Out of Plane Was Intentional

Pilot, passenger struggled to hold onto Alana Cutland, 19, over Madagascar: cops

(Newser) - A British student at Cambridge who was studying crabs along the Madagascar shoreline for an internship has plummeted to her death from a plane, and authorities say it looks like it wasn't an accident. The Sun reports Alana Cutland, 19, fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft last week as... More »

His Grandma Went Out for Groceries. He Went Over the Ledge

Chinese preschooler falls from 6th-story balcony, caught safely by onlookers

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy clings to the edge of a sixth-floor balcony. Then his hands give out and, over one agonizing second, he plummets toward the ground. Yet it was a happy ending thanks to onlookers in Chongqing, China, who spotted the boy dangling from an apartment building Monday and rushed... More »

5 Days After Wedding, He Fell In a Volcano

Indiana's Clay Chastain is thankful his new wife was there to help

(Newser) - Clay and Acaimie Chastain had hoped for a relaxing honeymoon in St. Kitts—but that was before the groom fell into a volcano. Five days after their July 13 wedding, the Indiana couple were hiking on Mount Liamuiga when Clay decided to descend a path into the dormant volcano to... More »

Guy Tumbles 800 Feet Into Volcano, Then Stands

Unidentified male airlifted from Oregon's Crater Lake

(Newser) - An Oregon man has survived a reported 800-foot fall into a sleeping volcano's caldera. The man, whose name hasn't been released, fell from the caldera's rim at Crater Lake National Park before the Coast Guard was alerted shortly before 4pm Monday. A rescue team had by then... More »

She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened

35-year-old mom was reaching for tree branch when she went over waterfall in California

(Newser) - A death in California last Friday is still a tragedy, just not quite the one initially thought. Although it was reported that a 35-year-old mom—identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as Dina Espinosa, though a GoFundMe set up in her name calls her Stephanie—had fallen... More »

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