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FREAK Accidents post #1  quote:



Certain accidents are definitely completely FREAKY. What I will be posting here are the REAL FREAKY accidents which boggle the mind...how can this have happened??? Not for those with jittery stomachs.

Are THESE ACCIDENTS some unpreventable FREAKS of nature, like flash floods which can be predicited to some degree with enough knowledge and damage from them could be mitigated, or are they just a string of random co-incidences all happening at the perfectly horrible time to create the accident?


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Man killed when hair catches on roller coaster car post #2  quote:

CNN.COM Sunday, August 17, 2003 Posted: 8:25 PM EDT (0025 GMT)


VIDEO
A carnival worker dies after getting caught in a ride and falling 40 feet to the ground. KIRO's Deborah Horne reports. (August 17)

PLAY VIDEO
HOW FREAKED ARE YOU IF YOU WANT TO SEE THIS ACCIDENT ON VIDEO??
HOW FREAKED IS THE MEDIA FOR PUTTING THE TAPE ON CNN.COM???


LANGLEY, Washington (AP) -- An amusement park operator was killed Saturday when his hair got caught on a roller coaster car, pulling him up as high as 40 feet before he fell, back-first, onto a fence.

Doug McKay, 40, was spraying lubricant on the tracks of the Super Loop 2, a ride at the Island County Fair on Whidbey Island, when his long hair got caught on a car full of fairgoers, sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Smith said.

"It basically scalped him, and he fell and landed on the fence," Smith said.

McKay, co-owner of Paradise Amusements, based in Post Falls, Idaho, was pulled between 25 and 40 feet into the air.

Paradise Amusements had set up rides at the Island County Fair, located about 30 miles northwest of Seattle, for the past three years, Smith said.

Smith said grief counselors were on hand but that the fair continued after the incident.

************************** end of article

So how was everything possible and how did everything actually happen for this event to take place exactly as it did with the deadly consequences???

...the poor guy gets swept off his feet for the ride of his life and then he is dropped, just so....on top of a fence.

And the fair continues....


This really says too much about our culture which I did not want to know about.

But is there something we can learn from this???

Long hair and turning things like wheels have never been a good mix...some 20 years ago a local laundry worker's long hair got caught in the rolling iron press and she was scalped...in her case they were able to attach the scalp back and she survived, but being scalped is extremely painful and leads to massive bleeding and takes a long painful time to heal.

So why is it POSSIBLE that TWO accidents like this involving long hair have now happened??? One accident like this, yes, I can somehow comrehend it .... we can't predict and think about emergency scenarios for every possible condition on the face of the earth...but this second accident with long hair and things moving fast on wheels should have been preventable since we clearly had one case already which underscored the dangers present under these conditions.

Do we need a law to state all persons with long hair need to wear a hair net or their hair in a bun when near any moving machinery or equipment?? Common sense is certainly just not enough. The employer should be held responsible for not providing safety precautions for anyone working on their equipment and for not conducting frequent safety checks to prevent this. Today, the day could have even ended up in a much worse accident had the body landed on the tracks and caused the cars to dismount and fly off the tracks as well.

Not only was this a horrible tragedy for the person killed, and a nightmare for his family to deal with, but I also feel sorry for all the kids and parents who witnessed this horrible event.


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An aspiring missionary doctor, who was voted by medical school classmates as the epitome of a good physician, was killed Saturday at Christus St. Joseph Hospital when an elevator malfunctioned, decapitating him, authorities said.

Hitoshi Nikaidoh, 35, of Dallas, a surgical resident at the hospital at 1919 La Branch, was stepping onto a second-floor elevator in the main building around 9:30 a.m. when the doors closed, pinning his shoulders, said Harold Jordan, an investigator with the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office. The elevator car then moved upward, severing the doctor's head, Jordan said.

"It is an unexpected and tragic loss," said Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh, Hitoshi's father, from his Dallas area home. "He is an outgoing and very caring person."

A woman who also works at the hospital was on the elevator at the time and witnessed the accident, police said. Because of the malfunction, she was trapped on the elevator for 15 or 20 minutes before firefighters were able to reach her, police said.

The woman was not injured, but was later taken to the emergency room because she was in shock, said Sgt. Kenneth Perkins of the Houston Police Department's Special Operations Division.

Nikaidoh was on duty at the time and wearing his doctor coat and surgical scrubs when the accident happened, Jordan said.

The scene was one of chaos when police and firefighters first arrived at the hospital, Perkins said. Medical personnel were in disbelief, some crying.

"They were trying to console one another. Just to see other people in disarray -- the looks on their faces pretty much told the whole story," he said.

Police have launched an investigation into the accident. St. Joseph Hospital officials have taken the entire elevator bank out of service, but normal patient services have not been interrupted.

Hospital officials would not answer any questions Saturday about the accident since the investigation has just begun. They also would not reveal the name of the elevator manufacturer.

One worker at the hospital said there had been problems in the past with these particular elevators and that maintenance crews had been trying to service them in the past week, Perkins said.

Nikaidoh was a member of the 2003 class of the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, where he previously served as Student InterCouncil President, the student-leader over six schools within the medical center.

He became a devout Christian while in medical school, his father said. He became a youth group leader and decided to become a missionary doctor.

Hospital spokeswoman India Chumney Hancock would not discuss Nikaidoh's background or how long he had been with the hospital. "In respect for the family, we're not giving out any information," she said Saturday.

"Since the investigation has just begun, we're not answering any questions at this time," she said.

Both city and state inspectors will review the fatal accident, said a licensed elevator inspector who served on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Department advisory board.

"Annual inspections are required, and I'm familiar with that hospital building and know they have a contracted (maintenance) company," said Alan Van Nort, a member of the state's Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Advisory Board.

Van Nort said he also is familiar with another hospital elevator accident earlier this year that injured 14 passengers, including 12 patients, at the Intracare Hospital in the Texas Medical Center area. The elevator dropped several floors before jerking to a stop and broke several passengers' bones and hurt backs and necks.

But hospital elevators are not inspected any more intensely than office building elevators, Van Nort said.

"The city has primary responsibility for inspections, and then reports of any incident go to the state for review," he said.

Mignette Yvonne Dorsey, spokeswoman for the City of Houston Building Services, said the city would be tracking the inspections done by the City Planning Department's inspectors. But there was no specific inspection information available from the city Saturday night.

Source: Houston Chronicle


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My god.....

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Not so sure this as much FREAK as it is just TRAGIC:

A 7-year-old girl was critically wounded early Wednesday when she was shot in the head as she sat on a porch in the 2300 block of West 18th Place, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight, and police said the apparently stray bullet may have been fired from several blocks away. The girl was sitting on the front porch with her mother at the time of the shooting.

Police said they were looking for several males who were seen by witnesses fleeing the scene in what appeared to be a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria.

Source: Local 6 (Florida)


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Originally posted by Marc Flemming
Not so sure this as much FREAK as it is just TRAGIC:

A 7-year-old girl was critically wounded early Wednesday when she was shot in the head as she sat on a porch in the 2300 block of West 18th Place, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after midnight, and police said the apparently stray bullet may have been fired from several blocks away. The girl was sitting on the front porch with her mother at the time of the shooting.

Police said they were looking for several males who were seen by witnesses fleeing the scene in what appeared to be a dark-colored Ford Crown Victoria.

Source: Local 6 (Florida)


This has happened too many times... Just Horrible.

http://www.nailem.org/random_gunfire.htm

Stop Random Gunfire In Your Neighborhood

A tried and true neighborhood program that can stop random gun fire in your neighborhood this Fourth of July.
This program was developed by N.A.I.L.E.M. member Harold Fox from the Oakland University neighborhood


Background:

Random Gunfire is not a new problem to Phoenix. In 1996 the City created a Random Gun Fire Task Force to create solutions to this ongoing problem. The task force was made up of a broad spectrum of representatives from the community and was appointed by the Mayor and City Council.
Representatives included leaders from the Hispanic community, the former president of the National Rifle Association and our webmaster Richard Donley Fox (then serving as president of the Phoenix Block Watch Advisory Board).

This task force met for many months and developed a strategy that all representatives were both comfortable with and felt would be effective in educating citizens about the danger of random gun fire.

Bob Corbin (former president of the National Rifle Association - NRA) represented the interests on the task force of gun rights advocates and regularly reported the feed back of our progress from his organization.

We mention this now because we are told that the Random Gun Fire Bill was held up in the recent special session of the Arizona Legislature because of the flood of e-mail from NRA members from around the country opposing the proposed bill.

We hope that that the N.A.I.L.E.M. members who are also NRA members see the value in preventing random gun fire and recognizes the serious danger it poses to us all. We call on you to contact your legislator and tell them you are a gun rights advocate who understands how dangerous random gun fire is.


Below we are reprinting several articles about random gun fire:

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Another freaky story with not so sad an ending.

A man was shocked when it was discovered he had a bullet lodged in his head. He was taking tests for some unrelated reason, and the medical professionals found the bullet during their battery of tests. After taking some time to come to grips with the fact that he had indeed been shot at one point in his life, he was able to trace the incident. He was a construction worker many years before, and he was injured in the head by what he thought was a falling brick. He didn't get medical attention for the injury! I can't remember exactly how many years had passed between his construction days and the discover of the bullet, but it was definitely significant. He didn't get the bullet removed, either. No need to because it isn't disturbing him in anyway.


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i guess you'll think twice before saying 'i almost died laughing' after reading this one:

BANGKOK (AP) - A Thai ice-cream truck driver died laughing in his sleep, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Damnoen Saen-um, 52, laughed for about two minutes Wednesday and then stopped breathing, the Nation said, quoting officials. The newspaper said Damnoen's wife tried to wake him up but he kept laughing. An autopsy suggested he might have had a heart attack, the Nation quoted a doctor saying.

"I have never seen a case like this. But it is possible that a person could have heart seizure while laughing or crying too hard in their sleep," said Dr. Somchai Chakrabhand, deputy director-general of the Mental Health Department, the Nation reported.

The incident occurred in Phrae province, 490 kilometres north of the capital Bangkok.


this next one isn't so much 'freaky' as it is 'what are you, stupid?'

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian (news - web sites) man who went to a clinic to have an aching ear checked ended up having a vasectomy after mistakenly believing that the doctor had called his name.

A manager at the Doctor Jose Carlos de Espirito Santo clinic in the town of Montes Claros in southeastern Minas Gerais State told Reuters on Wednesday Valdemar Lopes de Moraes, 39, entered the vasectomy room when Aldemar Aparecido Rodrigues' name was called.

"He was called by the full name and yet thought it was him. But the strangest thing is that he asked no questions when the doctor started preparations in the area which had so little to do with his ear," Vanessa Guimaraes said.

"He later explained that he thought it was an ear inflammation that got down to his testicles," she added.

De Moraes, a farmer who has two children, did not want to reverse the operation, performed last week, and showed up for an ear exam on Wednesday at the same clinic.

"A local newspaper said he is going to sue us, but he did not tell us about any claims," Guimaraes said.


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quote:
Originally posted by Larke2000
i guess you'll think twice before saying 'i almost died laughing' after reading this one:

....

this next one isn't so much 'freaky' as it is 'what are you, stupid?'

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian (news - web sites) man who went to a clinic to have an aching ear checked ended up having a vasectomy after mistakenly believing that the doctor had called his name.

A manager at the Doctor Jose Carlos de Espirito Santo clinic in the town of Montes Claros in southeastern Minas Gerais State told Reuters on Wednesday Valdemar Lopes de Moraes, 39, entered the vasectomy room when Aldemar Aparecido Rodrigues' name was called.

"He was called by the full name and yet thought it was him. But the strangest thing is that he asked no questions when the doctor started preparations in the area which had so little to do with his ear," Vanessa Guimaraes said.

"He later explained that he thought it was an ear inflammation that got down to his testicles," she added.

De Moraes, a farmer who has two children, did not want to reverse the operation, performed last week, and showed up for an ear exam on Wednesday at the same clinic.

"A local newspaper said he is going to sue us, but he did not tell us about any claims," Guimaraes said.


Must have been some ear ache...he could barely hear

I am going to die laughing...I know it...but not while I'm sleeping...it's while I'm here at InReview...do they have the small print somewhere to warn you that this site could be hazardous to your health??...

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oh my ???????????

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2180419.stm

***** amputated 'by accident'

Thursday, 8 August, 2002, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK

A Mexican surgeon "accidentally" cut off the ***** of a patient who had only come in for a circumcision.
Federal agents in Tijuana have arrested Dr Francisco Javier Valentin y Ortiz, who worked at a state-run clinic.

He is accused of negligent injury, medical malpractice and performing surgery without the proper medical certification.

The alleged amputation happened in September 2000 when a man visited the clinic for a routine circumcision operation, in which only the foreskin of the ***** is removed.

This is a relatively technically simple operation, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic with the patient allowed to go home shortly afterwards.

Risks include excessive bleeding - the removal of too much or too little skin, or cosmetic results which do not please the patient.

Full recovery requires four to six weeks of abstinence from sexual activity.

There are many reasons why adults may want to be circumcised, including medical conditions which make them prone to infection, and cultural or social reasons.

The name of the patient in this case has not been released.

Officials said that the arrested surgeon was licenced only as a general surgeon and not qualified to perform circumcisions, which require a specialisation in urology.


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Ron Hunt's friends have good reason to call him the "Miracle Man."

The construction worker lost an eye but survived a freak accident without brain damage after falling from a ladder and onto an 18-inch-long drill bit that impaled his skull.

"I'm very fortunate I'm not paralyzed or dead," the 41-year-old electrician said Friday.

The 1.5-inch diameter chip auger drill bit was still in his head when his brother, Chris Hunt, and nephew, Ben, met him in a hospital emergency room in Reno, Nevada.

While drilling above his head on August 15, the six-foot ladder Ron Hunt was standing on started to wobble so he tossed the drill aside -- as construction workers are trained to do.

But he fell off the ladder face-first and onto the drill.

"I ran my hands up the drill bit, up to my eye, and put my other hand in the back of my head and felt it coming through the back of my head," he said. "And that's where pretty much the shock set in."

Doctors said the drill bit pushed his brain aside rather than pushing into it, which likely would have caused serious brain damage or death. After weighing their options, doctors essentially unscrewed the bit to remove it.

His nephew thinks he'll be able to laugh about it someday.

"It's just going to be one of those stories," Ben Hunt said. "He'll joke around with his glass eye and pop it out."

Source: AP


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Oh my, how do you accidentally cut someones entire ***** off. Thats messed up. I read in another thread about a guy who choped his own off and ate it. What is up with these people. The things should be loved not mutilated. lol.

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Re: Man killed when hair catches on roller coaster car post #14  quote:

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Do we need a law to state all persons with long hair need to wear a hair net or their hair in a bun when near any moving machinery or equipment?.
Actually there already is a federal Law. OSHA 1910-217 thru 219. Guarding the point of operation.


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http://www.news24.com/News24/South_...1403501,00.html

Freak accident claims woman
17/08/2003 21:15 - (SA)

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Welkom - A woman here died in a freak accident when she ended up under the wheels of her run-away car.

Friends of her children's found her body in a park in one of the city's upmarket neighbourhoods.

The automatic Mercedes apparently dragged Stella Beyl along as it burst through a garage door while in reverse, careered over the street and came to a halt in a park in Langeberg Street.

Beyl was under the car and the engine was still running when she was found shortly after midnight on Friday night.

She apparently had been trapped under the car for some time.

Her husband was already in bed when the accident happened and her children were having a party in the house.

Police initially suspected foul play, but after an investigation they determined that her death could have been the result of a freak accident. The investigation is not yet completed.

Habit

Captain Rosa Benade said Beyl's habit was to always close the garage door before switching off the car and lights.

She apparently leaned into the car over the passenger seat to collect her cellphone and purse and then pushed the gear lever into reverse by accident.

The car crashed through the garage door and the open front door was ripped from the car.

The slope in front of the garage gave the car more momentum.

Beyl was apparently dragged along and seemed to have ended up under the wheels when she tried to switch off the car.


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Pilot dies in freak accident

15/08/2003 22:46 - (SA)

Ziegfried Ekron

Cape Town - A helicopter pilot of the South African Air Force has died after he crashed his motorcycle into a fixed-wing aircraft.

Major Andr? Hattingh, 48, an Oryx pilot, was riding to work Ysterplaat Air Force base on his motorcycle on Thursday morning.

He apparently saw two vehicle lights approaching and thought it was a car, but it was the lights of a tractor towing a Dakota aircraft from the hangar to the runway.

Hattingh veered to the left, but crashed into the tail wing of the aircraft and his motorcycle slid to one side.

He was airlifted to 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg, where he was admitted with broken ribs and a broken nose.

An emergency operation was carried out, but because Hattingh's chest was severely injured, he lost a vast quantity of blood. His heart apparently stopped during surgery, but doctors managed to resuscitate him.

His condition worsened later and he died on Friday morning because of internal bleeding.

Hattingh is survived by his wife, Annelien and three sons, Joe, Koos and Andr?.

Joe, the eldest, is also an Air Force pilot and is stationed at the Bloemspruit Air Force base, where he's being trained as an Oryx helicopter pilot.


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210 killed in freak accident in Congo
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More than 210 people were killed when a door fell off a Russian-built aircraft flying over the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 10, 2003, a source at Kinshasa airport said.

In a freak accident, more than 210 people were killed when a door fell off a Russian-built aircraft flying over the Democratic Republic of Congo, a source at Kinshasa airport said.

"We have seen this type of aircraft take more than 300 people on board during troop flights," said the source, adding that the death toll from the accident would certainly exceed the initial estimate of 160.

The Ilyushin 76 plane - which began service in the Soviet era in 1971 - had been travelling from the capital Kinshasa to the southeastern city of Lubumbashi on Thursday night when its rear ramp door flew off.

Military sources and witnesses said on Friday that up to 160 people were killed after being sucked out at 2,200 metres (7,000 feet) above the ground, while 40 others survived, but the government has only confirmed seven deaths.

A policeman who survived the accident told AFP that more than 100 police officers and members of their families had been aboard the plane.

He and other survivors said there had also been a large number of clandestine passengers on the flight - a frequent practice in African countries with poor transport infrastructure.

The crew managed to turn the plane around and fly back to the capital, where the aircraft was swiftly transferred to a military hangar.

The plane was left with "a gaping hole in the cabin," according to an AFP correspondent who climbed aboard after it landed in Kinshasa.

Inside he saw "blood everywhere, reams of torn netting and part of a child's arm still hooked on the torn metal."

Sources said that between 23 and 50 passengers had survived the accident but by Saturday all survivors had been transferred from the Mama Yemo hospital in Kinshasa to military camp hospitals.

At the Lufungula military camp on Saturday, three survivors agreed to tell their story, on condition of anonymity.

"There were no seats, only a few folding chairs along the cabin walls. People were crammed onto benches and on the floor," one of them told AFP.

"When the door came off, the plane tipped to the right then to the left, and many people fell towards the hole."

He stayed alive by gripping onto the netting that secured trunks full of ammunition and uniforms inside the cabin.

"It was by clinging with my arms and legs to the netting that I managed not to be sucked out like the others," he said.

"I don't know how I made it out of there," said a young policewoman. "When the door came off we were knocked around from all sides."

"There was a truck inside the plane fastened down with strong straps. I held on to a strap and to one of the truck wheels," she told AFP.

Another policeman added: "The truck served as a barrier for most of the survivors, it prevented them from falling out of the gaping hole."

A government spokesman told AFP on Friday the air force had informed him that just seven people had died.

Since then, the government has retreated into a stubborn silence, while the Saturday edition of the state-run daily L'Avenir did not even report on the accident.


In Kinshasa, Defence Minister Irung Awan criticised speculation about the death toll from the accident and told AFP in a written statement that he was working to establish its causes and the number of people missing.

Reliable sources told AFP however that a military statement about the accident was being drafted at midday on Saturday.

Airport sources said on Saturday that President Joseph Kabila had travelled to the airport late the previous evening to inspect the damaged aircraft.


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Post Pedestrian falls, dies when Fort Lauderdale bridge opens post #18  quote:

A woman walking across the Sunrise Boulevard drawbridge was killed Thursday night when the bridge opened and she fell from the metal span to the concrete sidewalk, police said.

The bridge tender told police he did not see the woman on the Intracoastal Waterway bridge before the span was raised, Fort Lauderdale police Detective Clinton Ward said.

Ward said a witness saw the woman hanging from a railing, but she was unable to hold on.

This is the third time since 1988 that someone on the span has been killed when the bridge was opening.

Ward said a group of joggers headed east passed the woman, who was walking west on the north side of the bridge, shortly before the accident. The joggers ran a few blocks to the beach and turned around.

The joggers told police the bridge was opening when they returned. When it was lowered, they ran across the bridge and found the woman's body on the pavement between the pedestrian gate and the metal span.

The bridge was working properly, with all alarms functioning, and the death appeared to be accidental, Ward said.

"No one heard anything strange," Ward said.

District Maintenance Engineer Cleo Marsh, with the state Department of Transportation, said the bridge was raised for about six minutes at 7:45 p.m. to allow two boats to go through.

When the bridge is raised, "the bridge tender has excellent visuals from where he is at. The bells and lights go on," and the pedestrian gates close, he said.

"Unless someone is stooped below the wall, the bridge tender should see them," Marsh said.

Police were unable to identify the woman, who appeared to be in her 50s or 60s, Thursday night. Police said some of her belongings may have fallen over the bridge.

Other people have been killed and injured on the Sunrise Boulevard drawbridge.

On July 4, 2000, five men on bicycles were injured when the bridge was being raised.

The men said the bridge was opened without warning, but the bridge tender and several witnesses said lights were on and guardrails were lowered. The men were on their way to watch fireworks at the beach.

In November 1994, Betty Creel Williams, 63, of New Mexico, was killed as she walked on the opening span on the north side of the Sunrise Boulevard drawbridge.

Police said Williams, who had a blood alcohol level of .14, was walking east over the northern sidewalk when the span opened. She apparently slid down the span and her head became pinned between the bridge's retaining wall and the pedestrian gate.

At the time, several security lights were out on the bridge, but the Florida Department of Transportation said the missing lights had nothing to do with the accident.

In June 1988, Lawrence Hirschfield, 75, died when he held on to a railing as the drawbridge was being raised.

Witnesses told police they saw Hirschfield stop a few feet away from the eastern span as the bridge began to open. They said he apparently became confused and tried to rush across the bridge before it opened. Hirschfield grabbed a metal railing and tried to hang on, but lost his grip.

In December 2000, Matthew Wilfred Rhodes, 22, of Palm Coast, was killed when he fell from the open bridge during the Winterfest Boat Parade.

The bridge was already opened, and witnesses said Rhodes fell through the crack that forms between the road and the metal span. As he fell, he hit his head on a concrete piling and landed in the water.

Source: Sun Sentinel (Florida)


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WOW. Thats crazy.

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Another long hair story, glad i have short hair.
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How Saran was scalped

A city schoolgirl told today how she was scalped in a freak accident when her hair was caught in an automated roller blind in a Kirstenbosch Gardens nursery. St Cyprian's pupil Saran Leech, 17, had gone on a biology outing with her Grade 11 classmates.

Speaking from her bed at home, a large white bandage around her head, Saran said: "We were taking a break outside the fernery.

"We were standing in front of this blind thing that rolls up. My hair was tied back in a ponytail. I was standing there eating an apple and the blind started rolling up."

Saran said the girl next to her was leaning against the blind and when it started rolling up she moved her arm. She said the girl did not think she was in danger because she was not standing close to the blind.

"Before I knew what was happening, my hair got caught. I
didn't think it was bad, but when I put my hand in to pull my hair out my hand got caught up in the roller."

"Then I started to panic. It felt as if my head was going to snap off." Saran was lifted off her feet, but a quick-thinking friend lifted her legs to take some of the drag of the blind off her scalp.

"I could feel my skin was tearing off, and I could hear it too. I thought I was going to die."

Saran said even when Kirstenbosch staff switched the blind off, it continued to roll up. It only stopped after they pulled out all the wires.

She was bleeding profusely and staff rushed her to hospital, where it was found that part of her scalp had been detached from her skull.

She was discharged after her injuries were treated. The National Botanical Institute has apologised to Saran and her family.


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Don't know if this counts but about 4 miles from where I live there is this old church that was to be renovated into luxury flats , anyway during the renovation two men were given very bad electric shocks, one man lost his hand when an elctric saw went bizzarly out of control and four men missed death by seconds when a huge lump of masonary fell from the roof that was deemed safe earlier that day, and to cap it all off a week after the renovation was finished the flats only burned to the ground

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In the late summer of 1929 a new highway was opened to traffic between Bremen and Bremerhaven, Germany. Within a year of its opening, more than 100 automobiles had crashed mysteriously on the highway - all at kilometer stone 239, on a perfectly straight stretch of highway. When questioned by police, survivors described feeling " a tremendous thrill " as their cars reached the marker and said that some great force then seized their vehicles and pulled them off of the road. In a single day, September 7th, 1930, nine cars were wrecked at the fateful marker.


The police and other investigators were puzzled, but a local dowser (one who finds underground water through esoteric methods), Carl Wehrs, suggested that the mysterious force was a powerful magnetic current generated by an underground stream. To test his theory he took a steel divining rod in his hands and slowly walked toward marker 239. When he was directly opposite it, about 12 feet away, to the amazement of onlookers the rod flew out of his hands, shot across the road and buried itself into the dirt. Satisfied that his theory was correct, Wehrs applied his own solution to the problem and buried a copper box full of small star shaped pieces of copper at the base of marker 239.


The box remained buried there for a week, and during that time no accidents occurred. The box was then dug up, and the first three cars that passed the marker wrecked. The box was quickly reburied, and since then there have been no accidents at marker 239. Although Carl was a diviner, and presumably knew something about underground streams, local farmers believed that a demon was responsible for the accidents.


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post #23  quote:

I once saw a Blue Jay bird stuck to a piece of bubble gum on his foot once. It was on the ground and he kept quacking like a duck. I thought Blue Jays made their own sounds. Not like a duck sound. I think thats kinda silly and bad. They should have their own sound instead of copying the ducks.
I went back to the spot later where the bird was stuck but he was already gone. Now when I go in the park and if theres a duck I think it might be a Blue Jay bird and not a duck.


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Post Farmer Loses Arm But Collects Severed Limb And Drives For Help post #24  quote:

A farmer whose arm was torn off in a tractor accident picked up the limb, climbed back on and headed for home to get help.

"What was I supposed to do? Lie there and die?" James Arlen Mondy's wife quoted him as saying.

Doctors at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo., were unable to reattach his arm after the Dec. 16 accident. He was recovering at the hospital Tuesday.

Mondy, 56, was bumped off his tractor when it hit a hole, said his wife, Janet Mondy. The spinning blades of a brush cutter then chopped off his arm at the shoulder.

On his ride home, he had to stop to open a gate, drove through, then got off the tractor again to close the gate, and continued on his way. He started to feel lightheaded, but met a passing couple who summoned help.

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i was on a carnival ride and my arm swung outside by accident and it almost got cut off. i saw it coming and pulled my arm in real quick and it cliped my arm and it was very close. ever since i have not gone to one of those carnival type fair things. too scared.

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Heres a few stories for you...

1.) A man (Guy Hurst) was a regular Joe that worked for an insurance company. He woke up early Monday morning as usual and went to go use the restroom. When he finally made his way to the toilet and pulled his pants down he found that his penis was not there! After calling 911 he was asked a series of questions and couldnt believe what had happened. He was asked what happened the night before, alchol uses, and so on. Everything seemed normal till a call came in early Tuesday moring 3 years later! A man called the police and had a confession to make. The anonymous caller told that he had infact chopped the mans penis off! He told police that he did it because he filed an insurance claim of $250.00. He was expecting the money through mail but never recieved it. He had thought the man ripped him off. But for the oddest reason he ended up getting the money through the mail 3 years later! He decided to confess. He still had the penis and easily gave it up to the police. WEIRD!

2.) A women was happily married for almost 4 years. She then had a child and was rasing it for 1 year. The baby was always a little different and the women didnt believe it was her child. She went in with her husband to take a blood test and the results came back. The doctors told the two that they had the same blood samples and were brother and sister! The baby was infact disabled and the reson for it is because of the brother and sister thing. They both claimed they had no idea and didnt even know they had a brother nor sister! They never filed for a divorce and are still married! NASTY!

3.) A man was getting fustrated that his dog was not eating its food anymore. He took the dog to a veternarian. It showed the dog was in ok health. The man still could not get his dog to eat. He didnt want it to suffer so he threw the dog in a wood chopper! He didnt want to watch his dog die so he immediatly left to his house. When he came back for the dog he saw that only half its body had made it through the chopper! There was a rock wedged in the machine preventing it from going any further. The dog was found still alive. The man was arrested and released a 3 years later. He was not recieving mail but when he got out of jail he got all of his contact mail. One of the letters was from the veternarian. The letter said that the dog had had a stomach clog and needed treatment right away. It would need surgery. The dog was already dead though from the chopper. It ended up dying from loss of blood. Two weeks after being released from jail the man MYSTERIOUSLY fell into a wood chopper and the weirdest thing happened. A rock was wegded in the machine again and the man too was left in the machine for 3 days before dying! WRONG!

Those stories are all from the news and have happened over a series of years.


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