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Smoking Is Deadly

If you are going to haul gun powder around on the front seat of your car then perhaps DON'T light a cigarette. Or better yet, don't haul gun powder around at all. Darwin Award averted for now.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Apr 14, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Goofs and Screw-ups, Explosives

Giant Ice Cube with Man Inside


This has been a rough winter here in the Northeast, but I don't think we've had an instance yet like this one from 1906.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 05, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Death, Nature, 1900's

Distracted Driving

People do crazy things while driving; texting, putting on makeup, even reading. But pulling a tooth, that's a new one and while driving a big rig as well. Of course he wrecked or it wouldn't be news would it?
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Teeth, Trucks

Road Salt Bad For Cars

Bet Mortons is feeling pretty salty now!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Dec 31, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Accidents, Architecture

Death by Ejection Seat


You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?

Not what really happens.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's


Kids are so perishable!

Get the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 31, 2013 | Comments (0)
Category: Accidents, Death, PSA's, Children, 1970's, Europe

Burning Railroad Bridge Collapses Like Dominoes

Second this week on a theme -- bridges being destroyed!! This fire in Texas was too high and hot to fight, so as the fire lit the creosote soaked railroad ties, it was only a matter of time before the collapse.

Stuff happens. It's great when cameras are rolling.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed May 22, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Accidents

Quad-copter View of Costa Concordia

With two quad-copters you can get a great view of the reclamation of the Costa Concordia. Thirty-two people died and the salvage will cost $300 million. It looks like a little city has sprung up around the boat.

Look for the pile-up of deck chairs at about 4:15.

It is incredible to see such a big ship up close on its side.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue May 21, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Accidents

Wild at the Wheel

The filmmakers seem to have hired an Iron Butterfly cover band to do the soundtrack, which makes all the dangerous risk-taking seem alluring..
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 20, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, PSA's, 1970's, Cars

Scene at a plane crash

I found this image over at the USC Digital Archive. According to the title, it shows the scene at the crash site of an experimental plane in 1951. Text written across the top of the image provides more detail: "Off. Gale Whitacre and crowd with plane James Martin killed in."

My question is, what's the deal with the guy in his underwear? Was he just wandering by and stopped to see what was going on? Was it a particularly hot day? I can't imagine any other reason why he'd be standing around in his tighty-whiteys.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 19, 2013 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Air Travel and Airlines, 1950's
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