Base jumper's parachute fails after leaping 900ft from bridge

Shocked onlookers watched in horror as a jumper plunged 876ft after his parachute failed to open properly.

Christopher Brewer, 27, miraculously survived despite hitting the water at between 60 and 80mph in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The BASE jumper's wingsuit, designed to allow him to glide forward instead of dropping straight down, probably slowed his fall and saved his life.

Bizarre death of man who suffocated when he became tangled up in a clothes horse

A father died when he became trapped by a clothes horse as he hung his washing out to dry.

Brian Depledge, 38, was asphyxiated after tripping and falling backwards into the plastic drying rack, trapping his neck between its rungs, an inquest heard yesterday.

A shocked coroner said Mr Depledge had stood a greater chance of being killed by ‘lightning or a meteorite’.
Enlarge   Rare cause of death: Brian Depledge suffocated after falling onto an airer while hanging out washing
'Cats-cradle effect': A clothes horse similar to this one trapped Mr Depledge, whose efforts to free himself only made it tighten its grip

Father of two Brian Depledge, 38, suffocated after becoming trapped in a clothes horse similar to the one pictured

The inquest in Bradford was told how the father-of-two fell into the clothes horse after tripping over a stool, and his neck and chest became wedged in its rungs as it collapsed.

He struggled to free himself but created a ‘cat’s cradle effect’ that only made the compression worse, the hearing heard. The coroner, Professor Paul Marks, said: ‘I have never come across a case like this.

Brian’s was an untimely death caused by the most bizarre set of circumstances – probably rarer than being struck by lightning or a meteorite.’

Detective Inspector Mark Long said it appeared Mr Depledge had tried to untangle himself by putting his right arm through one of the airer’s segments following the accident in February.

But by pushing down on the bars it tightened the grip ‘like a concertina’, he added.

And as clothes on top of the airer were still wet, he explained, their weight would have put even more pressure on his neck.

Asked how Mr Depledge could have fallen into the drier, he suggested that it was possible he had tripped over a stool in his living room, which was found at his feet.

Dr Philip Batman, a consultant pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination, said:  ‘Mr Depledge was found in his living room with the clothes horse on top of him and blood on his face.

He appeared to have fallen and got stuck between the rungs of the airer.  The drier gave way, but Brian’s struggles to release himself would have resulted in more suffocation.

‘Deep indentations were found on his chest on the right hand side, along with an indentation on the right side of his neck.

‘His lungs were congested  with excess fluid, which is  consistent with asphyxiation as a cause of death.’

Mr Depledge leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter, Shawni, and an 11-year-old son, Ryan.

His daughter said: ‘He was a lovely person, very easy-going. He was meant to be giving me away at my wedding in April, so it was hard to get through the day without him. I still know he was there for me on the day.’

Other family members added that Ryan is finding it hard to come to terms with his father’s death.

The youngster’s grandmother, June Evans, said: ‘I don’t think it’s really sunk in with him. He keeps asking “When can I see my dad?  I want to see my dad”.

‘I just tell him, your dad is here with you in your heart and he always will be.’

Mr Depledge was unemployed and estranged from the mother of his two children.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.


5 dangerous roads you may want to avoid when driving abroad

There are plenty of roads around the world that unfortunately see regular traffic accidents and deaths as a result of the roads dangerous driving conditions. However, only a select number of roads truly take their toll on human life and vehicles like the following 5 roads do:

North Yungas Road, Bolivia

The road with the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous road in the world is without doubt the Bolivian 'Death Road'. The North Yungas Road, which is nearly 70 kilometres long, runs between Coroico and La Paz, plunging down over more than 3.5 kilometres of incredibly narrow hairpin bends and almost a kilometre drop near-misses.

With a fatal accident occurring fortnightly, roughly 200 people lose their lives on this road annually. The carcasses of trucks, lorries and cars litter the ravine along route and there is little margin for error, as the dust track is barely 3 metres across at its widest point.

Built in the 1930s by Paraguayan POW's who died attempting the construction of the road, it is now mainly Bolivians who perish by the thousands on the single track road that has no guard rails to prevent them from plunging to their deaths.

A replacement route, which took over 20 years to complete, was opened in 2006 and features modern construction and safety features. As a result of this replacement route, the original road is now far less used and this has resulted in far fewer fatalities along the road in recent years. This however has now resulted in the road being increasingly used by bikers travelling it for thrills as an extreme sport.

With motorists and cyclists still killed regularly throughout the year travelling on the North Yungas Road, the route is definitely one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

Russian Federal Highway, Russia

Connecting Yakutsk to Moscow is the Russian Federal Highway and the poor visibility and heavy ice and snow make winter driving, for ten months of the year, very hazardous.

This is nothing compared to the two summer months, when the snow and ice melt and heavy summer rains turn the highway into a mud-bath.

Traffic jams of over a thousand cars long are the norm and to while away the hours, some upstanding Siberian citizens, affectionately known as mud pirates, use the time to loot, beat and kidnap other travellers.

With accidents occurring and the threat of ‘mud pirates’, the Russian National Highway is another dangerous route that you may want to avoid.

Guoliang Tunnel, China

China has many dangerous roads and fatalities from car accidents have doubled over the past two decades. One of these is the unusual Guoliang Tunnel that connects Guoliang Village to the rest of China.

This tunnel has been carved into the side of the Taihang Mountains and in places right through, in order to facilitate access to Guoliang Village, located in a deep valley amongst soaring mountains that completely cut it off from the rest of civilization.

In the 1970s, 13 villagers started construction of the tunnel, which is just over a kilometre long and has a width of 4 metres and a height of 5 meters. Several villagers died during the construction of the tunnel and it took over 5 years to complete.

Known as the ‘Tunnel of Death’, the Guoliang Tunnel sees more than its fair share of accidents, some of which are fatal.

Dalton Highway, Alaska

Running over 650 kilometres through the arctic tundra of Alaska is the Dalton Highway, a gravel road built as a supply road to Prudhoe Bay. Originally a permit was required to drive on this road and although since 1995 this is no longer the case, it is still not recommended that private individuals drive here.

As this is still the supply road, it is mainly populated by large truck rigs, which speed along and reduce visibility to almost nothing. Large potholes are numerous, while services, repairs and fuel are almost non-existent.

The danger of the road is such that car hire companies do not permit their vehicles to be driven on the Dalton Highway. In fact, the journey should not even be considered without a 4x4 vehicle, CB radio and extra supplies of food, fuel and tyres because conditions can get so bad.

Despite the roads dangers, many people including motorcyclists continue to drive along this route.

Sadly, this resulted in a death recently as a 60 year old man died after his motorcycle slipped on the wet road despite wearing full safety gear. The same section of the road near the Yukon River Bridge saw another accident just a couple of months earlier which resulted in serious injury leading many to question whether the road should be closed to motorcyclists.

Route Irish, Iraq

Only 12 kilometres long, Route Irish is the military code name for the road linking the Baghdad Airport to the heavily fortified International Zone in the city's centre. The only route out and in, the road is a shooting gallery for terrorists and during the height of the Iraq conflict there was an average of one attack on the road every day in the form of suicide bombers, roadside bombs and drive-by shootings.

The nature of the road and the danger faced by those travelling results in drivers making a high speed dash along the road, dubbed Route Irish Racing, hoping for the best. Extensive and aggressive patrols of the route by the American 69th Infantry Regiment have made it much more reliable and far safer over the past few years.

Whilst the danger of the road isn’t down to steep cliffs or icy roads like some of the other roads mentioned, the Route Irish road is still extremely dangerous to travel along.

Most of those killed on the road have been Iraqi’s who were innocently caught up in attacks aimed at non-Iraqi people. However, there have been a number of deaths of other nationalities including Americans and Brits.

Soccer fan dies in bizarre bus accident

Tomáš Čeman, a 22 year old fan of Spartak Trnava, died this morning in bizarre accident.

Tragic accident took place around 7:00 pm in Serbia, on the highway linking Belgrade and Nis.

Near the hall "Belgrade Arena", 22 years old Slovak, who according to his companions was very drunk, climbed on the roof of a bus traveling through one of the hatches and sat with his back towards the road. Fatal for the fans was one overpass to just 4.3 m height, in which he hit.

Spartak fans were traveling to Bulgaria on today match against Levski Sofia.

Woman driver trapped for 20 hours after car plunges 300ft

A DRIVER who crashed off a clifftop road was dragged to safety yesterday - after 20 HOURS teetering above a 300ft drop.

Lyn, who suffered leg injuries in the crash, spent the night staring death in the face.

But at 9.30am yesterday, her grey car was spotted by holidaying jogger Ben Stafford, 25. He slithered down to find her bloodied but conscious, then raised the alarm by shouting to a man walking on the clifftop at St Agnes Head near Newquay, Cornwall.

A delicate rescue operation described as "very precarious" was launched involving coastguards, firemen, cops and paramedics.

They secured the car in position with a winch line before finally releasing Lyn at noon. She was stretchered up the cliff and flown to hospital in Truro, where she was treated for shock, exhaustion and gashes to her legs and torso.

Ben said: "It is only by the grace of God that her car stopped by the cliff edge."

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Netherlands: FC Twente stadium collapses, killing one and hospitalising 10

One construction worker was killed and 14 others injured by falling steel and rubble when part of a stadium's roof in the city of Enschede collapsed during renovation work on Thursday.

"A large part of the roof has collapsed. A substantial number of people got trapped and there is one dead victim as far as we know," Enschede mayor Peter den Oudsten told reporters.

The incident was probably related to construction work at the stadium, police said, adding that workers were the only people in the stadium at the time.

"We were at the third level and we were frightened. There was noise, everyone was running everywhere. We were working below the floor. There was panic, everyone was running away. Then we looked if there were injured people," a construction worker told public broadcaster NOS.

Among the injured, two were serious, Den Oudsten said. Ten people were hospitalised and authorities were checking if any people were still trapped.

Enschede is located in the east of the Netherlands close to the German border and photos on Dutch media showed several ambulances and a fire truck at the scene. There were reports that a trauma helicopter was also deployed.

Football club FC Twente, the Dutch top division's runners-up last season and champions in 2009-10, play at the stadium where work to expand seating to 30,000 is scheduled for completion by August 1 in time for the start of the new season.

Text: Reuters
Photo: AFP

Two killed in bizarre motorway accident when black bear smashes through car windscreen

A man and woman were killed in a bizarre motorway accident when an airborne 21stone black bear smashed through their windscreen and exited through the back window.

Their car was travelling east on Highway 148 just outside Quebec, Canada, at around 10.30pm on Monday night.

A vehicle travelling in the opposite direction hit the bear, sending it flying into the air across the other lane.

It was then struck by the second car, killing the 25-year-old female driver and her friend Steven Leon, 40, who was sat in the back seat.

The driver, a student dietitian who was due to graduate in September, has not been named at the request of her family.

Her boyfriend, 28, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken to hospital with injuries to his upper body but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

The occupants of the vehicle that originally hit bear were unharmed, though the bear was killed.

'Add the weight of the bear, about a 300-pound (136Kg) bear, plus the speed of the vehicle, it's a deadly impact,' Constable Martin Fournel, a spokesperson for MRC-des-Collines-de-l'Outaouais police, told CTV Ottawa.

Police investigating the very unusual accident near the town of Luskville say it is the first time anyone has died in a road accident involving a bear.

However, locals said it was the second such accident in recent weeks, but that no-one had been injured in the previous incident.

They believe the bears are being drawn to the motorway by a bear bait station that has been set up nearby. Bear-hunting is illegal in Quebec but people are free to lay bait.

'I don't have any opposition to people hunting bears,' said resident Sheila McCrindle, 'but they are bringing bears in from all over, and there's a playground here and a highway here and there is lots of houses around it, so maybe not a good place for this kind of activity.'


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Funny (and true) car insurance slaims

Here are some incredible, but true statements which all appeared on claim forms submitted to car insurance companies by policyholders who had been involved in car accidents.


Accidents with Pedestrians

* The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.
* I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.
* The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him.
* The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again.
* I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.
* A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.
* I saw her look at me twice. She appeared to be making slow progress when we met on impact.

Accidents with other vehicles

* The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.
* When I saw I could not avoid a collision I stepped on the gas and crashed into the other car.
* The accident occurred when I was attempting to bring my car out of a skid by steering it into the other vehicle.
* I was backing my car out of the driveway in the usual manner, when it was struck by the other car in the same place it had been struck several times before.
* The car in front of me stopped for a yellow light, so I had no choice but to hit him. (She pushed him through the intesection)

Collisions, calamities, and injuries

* Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have.
* I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat found that I had a fractured skull.
* I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.
* I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.
* As I approached an intersection a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.
* In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.
* I saw two kangaroos having it off in the middle of the road. So I hit them, which caused me to ejaculate through the sunroof.
* The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end.
* The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were - Q: What warning was given by you? A: Horn. Q: What warning was given by the other party? A: Moo.

Who is to Blame?
* No one was to blame for the accident but it would never have happened if the other driver had been alert.
* I didn't think the speed limit applied after midnight.
* I was going at about 70 or 80 mph when my girlfriend reached over and grabbed my testicles so I lost control.
* The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.
* The accident happened when the right front door of a car came round the corner without giving a signal.
* I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.
* I left for work this morning at 7am as usual when I collided straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.
* An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.
* I knew the dog was possessive about the car but I would not have asked her to drive it if I had thought there was any risk.
* The accident happened because I had one eye on the truck in front, one eye on the pedestrian, and the other on the car behind.

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Air Disaster in New York 1960

The 1960 New York air disaster was a collision on December 16, 1960, between two airliners over Staten Island, New York City, in which one plane crashed into Staten Island and the other into Park Slope, a Brooklyn neighborhood. The crash killed everyone on the two aircraft—84 people aboard Flight 826 and 44 on Flight 266—and six people on the ground. With a death toll of 134, the accident was the deadliest U.S. commercial aviation disaster at the time. The only initial survivor of the tragedy was 11-year-old Stephen Baltz of Wilmette, Illinois, a passenger on the United jet, who was thrown from the plane into a snowbank at impact. He died the next morning.