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Cyclist's Podium Celebration Ends in Freak Prosecco Mishap

Biniam Girmay was forced to pull out of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday as a result

(Newser) - An accident with a prosecco cork while celebrating his historic stage victory at the Giro d’Italia forced Biniam Girmay to pull out of the race on Wednesday. The Eritrean rider became the first Black African to win a stage at a grand tour when he beat Mathieu van der...

Teen Dies in Fall From World's Tallest Drop Tower

'Everyone was just panicking and screaming,' Orlando witness says

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy has died after a horrifying fall from a ride that was billed as "the world's tallest free-standing drop tower" when it opened in Orlando in December. Witnesses say they saw the teen fall from the 430-foot Orlando FreeFall ride at ICON Park Thursday night, Fox...

Bicyclist Dies After Drawbridge Rises as She Crossed
After Woman's
Death, Bridge
Operator Is

After Woman's Death, Bridge Operator Is Charged

Pedestrian was killed when Florida span was raised

(Newser) - Update: A Florida bridgetender who raised a drawbridge before a 79-year-old woman walking her bicycle reached the other side has been has charged with manslaughter in her death, police said. West Palm Beach police arrested Artissua Lafay Paulk, 43, at her home on Thursday, per the AP and Palm Beach ...

He Arrived in Cabo for Spring Break. Hours Later, He Was Dead

Arizona State University's Aiden Nevarez, 18, fell 20 feet over a hotel short wall

(Newser) - The Arizona State University community is mourning one of its own, a college freshman who died while celebrating spring break in Mexico, just hours after arriving at his hotel. Two friends of 18-year-old Aiden Nevarez who were with him on the trip told 12 News that they and Nevarez had...

Before Her Plunge, a Text: 'Something Just Happened'
'Something Just Happened'
Was Final Text. Then She Fell

'Something Just Happened' Was Final Text. Then She Fell

Death of Penn State sophomore Justine Gross ruled accidental

(Newser) - Update: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a Penn State sophomore who fell to her death down an 11-story garbage chute in her off-campus apartment building. Justine Gross' death has been ruled accidental and the case has been closed, the Centre Daily Times reports. Autopsy results...

Child Dies in Bounce House Tragedy in Spain

8 other children were injured

(Newser) - Another bounce house tragedy, this one in Spain, ended up claiming the life of a young girl. ABC News reports that on Tuesday night a gust of wind sent a bouncy castle that had been set up at a fairground in Mislata, near Valencia, airborne and then flipped it over....

Man's Attempt to Jump NYC Subway Turnstile Kills Him

Police say the 28-year-old landed on his head, breaking his neck

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of New York City, where police say a 28-year-old man's attempt to avoid paying subway fare ended up killing him. The New York Post reports the man allegedly jumped the subway turnstile at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue station in Queens around 6:45am Sunday but...

5 Kids Killed, 4 Hurt in Bounce House Disaster
6 Kids Killed, 3 Hurt
in Bounce House Disaster

6 Kids Killed, 3 Hurt in Bounce House Disaster

It was blown more than 30 feet into the air at primary school fun day in Australia

(Newser) - Update: A sixth child has died after an unimaginable accident in Australia last week. Chace Harrison, 11, was taken off life support Sunday, the BBC reports. The other children killed were Addison Stewart, 11, and Zane Mellor, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, and Peter Dodt, all 12. Three other children...

Sheep Kills Volunteer Alone in Pen on Therapy Farm

Kim Taylor, 73, was apparently rammed repeatedly

(Newser) - A "treasured volunteer" at a Massachusetts therapy farm for children was killed on Saturday by one of the animals kept at the farm. Kim Taylor, 73, was alone in a pen feeding animals at the Bolton farm when a sheep apparently repeatedly rammed into her; the New York Times ...

A Freak Accident Shook a Family, and Changed a Career

James Sulzer's daughter was the very kind of patient he had been engineering for

(Newser) - A freak accident in May 2020 changed the Sulzer family's life irrevocably. Just a week before Liviana "Livie" Sulzer's 4th birthday, a branch broke from a tree in her Austin, Texas, yard and crashed down onto her head. She lost consciousness, but as her father tells Daniel...

Parents Take Action After Girl's Horrific Death on Ride

They say Glenwood Caverns' recklessness is to blame

(Newser) - Update: The parents of the 6-year-old girl who died while reportedly unrestrained on a Colorado thrill ride that drops 110 feet in three seconds are suing the amusement park where she died. The lawsuit alleges Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park's recklessness caused Wongel Estifanos' death, the AP reports. It also...

Car Driving Under Hot Air Balloon Hit by Falling Man

Yogev Cohen worked for the balloon operator

(Newser) - "People are in shock. This is a very difficult event." So says Israeli law enforcement about an accident near Afula Tuesday in which a man fell to his death from a hot air balloon. The Jerusalem Post reports a crew member who was supposed to remain on the...

Freak Accident Kills Performer at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater

It's thought he was crushed by a descending set piece

(Newser) - A freak accident in Russia killed a performer at Moscow's renowned Bolshoi theater on Saturday. The BBC reports scenery fell on the 36-year-old during a set change for Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko. Yevgeny Kulesh, who had performed at the theater for nearly 20 years, is thought to have...

Man Jumping From Building Kills Man Below

61-year-old killed along with jumper in Yonkers incident

(Newser) - Police say an apparent suicide unintentionally caused the deaths of two people. Fox News reports a 25-year-old man on Monday night jumped from the roof of the Cromwell Towers building in Yonkers, New York. CBS News reports he apparently fell 12 stories onto the parking garage, striking a 61-year-old man...

Woman Riding BART Train With Dog Dies in Freak Accident

Amy Adams, 41, was pulled onto the tracks

(Newser) - A freak accident at a San Francisco BART station claimed a woman's life on Monday. SF Gate reports the woman was at the Powell Street station with her dog, whose leash was attached to her own waist. BART officials say the woman and animal boarded a train, but the...

Man Killed While Reaching for Dropped Card in Drive-Thru

He was reaching for it out his open door when his car rolled forward

(Newser) - A Canadian man died in a McDonald's drive-thru last Wednesday after he dropped his payment card on the ground. Tony Eyles, 42, opened his door to reach for it, but while doing so, his car rolled forward, CTV News reports. It hit a structural part of the restaurant, pinning...

Rock Star Manager Dies While Digging His Dog's Grave

Widow says Mick Brigden likely died immediately

(Newser) - A rock and roll manager and tour director died at his California home last week in a freak accident. Mick Brigden, who managed acts including Humble Pie, Joe Satriani, and Peter Frampton over a decades-long career, was digging a grave for his dog when the accident took place, the Press ...

Atlanta Student Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident

Witnesses say football player was trapped when it went into free-fall

(Newser) - A student athlete in Atlanta was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator that was apparently long overdue for inspection. Witnesses say three Champion Prep Academy football players boarded the elevator in an upper floor of an apartment building on their way to practice Tuesday afternoon, CBS 46 reports....

In 'Freak Accident,' Rider Pulled Under Bull and Killed

Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, described as having a lot of promise

(Newser) - A Brazilian bull rider was killed Sunday when his spur got caught in a rope, pulling him under the bull, and the animal stepped on his chest in California, according to the Professional Bull Riders touring group. Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, was competing at a bull-riding Velocity Tour event at...

Woman Waiting to Ride Roller Coaster Hit by 'Metal Object'

Top Thrill Dragster, world's 2nd-tallest roller coaster, shut down at Ohio's Cedar Point

(Newser) - The world's second-tallest roller coaster won't open again this year after a person standing in line was hit in the head by a metal object that flew off the ride last weekend at Cedar Point amusement park. The 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster will remain closed as...

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