A Life-Or-Death Situation. "As a bioethicist, Margaret "Peggy" Pabst Battin fought for the right of people to end their own lives. After her husband’s cycling accident, her field of study turned unbearably personal." Via
posted by zarq
on Jul 19, 2013 -
died Thursday night, Dec. 27., at a residence in Trotwood, OH. The cause of death, as of now, is unknown. On May 30, 1973, he survived a crash that no one thought could be survived. His life was changed forever
. (YT: warning: carnage, no fatalities) [more inside]
posted by TrolleyOffTheTracks
on Dec 29, 2012 -
The festive season is approaching, so it's time for everyone's favorite giant Swedish straw caprid to suffer from repeated attacks. Already ("The front hoof smells of petrol") this year's goat at Gävle
has been attacked. Of the 76 goats to date
, 33 have been burnt (includes goats burnt down more than once and goats only partially burnt), 7 vandalised (includes goats thrown in the river), 1 run over and 1 stolen, giving a survival rate of 45%. The goat attracts international attention and attacks; in 2001 a tourist from Cleveland, Ohio was jailed for 18 days [Swedish
] for igniting the goat. Last year's goat survived to December 2nd (traumatic video
). Gävlebocken is 13 metres tall and consists of 3.6 tonnes of straw. While intact it tweets
, and blogs in Swedish and English
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 3, 2012 -
"The Wenzhou crash killed forty people and injured a hundred and ninety-two. For reasons both practical and symbolic, the [Chinese] government was desperate to get trains running again, and within twenty-four hours it declared the line back in business. The Department of Propaganda ordered editors to give the crash as little attention as possible. “Do not question, do not elaborate,” it warned, on an internal notice. When newspapers came out the next morning, China’s first high-speed train wreck was not on the front page." [How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China's corruption
posted by vidur
on Oct 15, 2012 -
Recommended procedures in the event of being propelled through the windshield of your truck, exhibit A
posted by Anything
on Sep 27, 2012 -
A fellow tried to impress his friends by fitting a billiard ball in his mouth - he died.
A young woman laced her corset too tightly - she died.
A woman fell down the stairs, which caused one of her hairpins to penetrate her skull - she died.
And, of course, many people had horrible encounters with mill and farm machinery. Predictably, they died.
(warning-occasionally graphic descriptions of death and dismemberment, mostly from the late 19th century). [more inside]
posted by cilantro
on Sep 21, 2012 -
The BBC has put up a page
presenting statistics dealing with deaths on British roads between 1999 and 2010. A slightly older page presenting mostly the same statistics (up to 2008) can be visited here
; this earlier version was published in conjunction with several other articles, including one
looking in-depth at a single crash and its aftermath in Stevenage in 2007.
posted by Dim Siawns
on Dec 28, 2011 -
"Flashy sports cars valued at as much as $4 million became a mangled mess in a matter of minutes on Sunday when a Ferrari leading a pack of exotic sports cars on a trip from Japan’s southern island of Kyushu to Hiroshima skidded as it tried to change lanes.
posted by woodblock100
on Dec 4, 2011 -
How do people die in motor "accidents"?
I'll tell you.
With the Christmas "Silly Season" is upon us, the Age has republished And this is how you die
by journalist Roger Aldridge.
A warning - it's pretty graphic. Scroll up for the rest of the article.
posted by mattoxic
on Dec 2, 2011 -
Your Sweet Justice story for the day: In February, K.C. was riding her bike home from work. While waiting at a stop light, she felt a slight bump from the car behind her, followed by laughter from within. K.C. wasn't looking for a fight, and did her best to ignore this. Disappointed with his failure to elicit a response, the driver bumped her again, this time a bit harder. This is when K.C. pulled out her police badge, and things started to get weird...
posted by schmod
on Jun 14, 2011 -
Approximately 40 books
dealing with LGBT issues were vandalized with what appeared to be urine in Lamont Library on the Harvard campus on November 24, according to a report filed Friday by the library security staff to the Harvard University Police Department. Something similar (minus the peepee) happen in San Francisco
, where they took the books and made Art
posted by Blake
on Dec 13, 2010 -
Stick with 'er Wiener! On March 9, 1987, a well-known derailment occurred here when a runaway CN train journeyed from Brunswick Mines to just short of the wye. There was a mixup in communications and engineer Wesley MacDonald ended up with more cars on his train than he thought, and the brakes on the engine alone were unable to hold the consist on the grade in the Brunswick Mines yard.
Great radio show about the accident that we previously discussed here
posted by srboisvert
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Late last night, a cyclist was killed in Toronto.
"Ontario's former attorney general Michael Bryant
... will be charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death, a police source tells the Globe, after a collision left a 33-year-old cyclist dead." Accounts vary, but the sequence appears to be 1) Some collision and argument between the cyclist and the driver; 2) The cyclist grabs the driver's door and hangs on (or he may have been caught on the car accidentally) while the Saab convertible drives on; 3) The car drives into the opposite lane, across a construction zone, and the cyclist is battered against mailboxes and light posts; 4) The cyclist falls under the car's back wheels and is killed. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Sep 1, 2009 -
Early this morning, Two monorail trains collided at Walt Disney World
, causing the death of one of the drivers. The Walt Disney World Monorail System
first opened in 1971 with two routes servicing The Magic Kingdom, and then expanded to a third line servicing Epcot in 1982. This is the first incident resulting in a fatality in 38 years of operation. The most serious incident previously was a fire in 1985 caused by tire failure in which two cars were burned badly, but there were no injuries. The monorail trains have numerous safety features
, including a "Moving-blocklight anti-collision system"
, referred to as MAPO (the term was coined by Walt Disney himself, who formed a new company to deal with Disneyland's transportation system directly from the profits made by Mary Poppins). As of this morning, the monorail system at Walt Disney World is out of service pending investigation.
posted by Lokheed
on Jul 5, 2009 -
A lot of people have nightmares about showing up to school or work naked. But hey, how about this one
? Brrrrrrrrr. (nsfw)
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 6, 2009 -
Paraglider survives 32,000ft fall.
A German paragliding champion named Ewa Wisnierska
was "sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest." She "soared skywards," and was soon "covered in ice" as she "battled hailstones the size of oranges," becoming one with the weather. "I could see the Earth coming," she later said, "wow, like Apollo 13
– I can see the Earth."
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Feb 16, 2007 -