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Weird Car Accidents

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On: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:12AM | By: Karen Cook

Weird Car Accidents

We all know that operating a motor vehicle is dangerous. The rules are simple. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Obey the speed limit and other traffic laws. Pay attention to the road. Sometimes this isn’t enough. It’s impossible to account for the driving habits of others on the road with you and it’s almost as impossible to compensate for someone else’s mistakes. Don’t read this article if you are easily shaken. It deals with people who weren’t reckless at all, but still died in driving related incidents. They are tragic but they come with a moral.

In 1927 Isadora Duncan was riding in a car wearing a long scarf. It became entangled in the wheel of the vehicle and broke her neck. Was it a fluke accident or a warning to the more fashion conscious?

In 1977 Tom Pryce, a Welsh Formula 1 racecar driver, was tooling around the track at a brisk 170 mph when he struck a man who was crossing the track with a fire extinguisher, on his way to put out a fire in another car. The impact obviously killed the course worker; it also sent the extinguisher straight into Pryce’s head, killing him as well.

Humberto Hernandez was walking down the street minding his own business in 2007 when a passing car collided with a fire hydrant. The water pressure shot the hydrant at Hernandez which hit him in the head killing him instantly.

Saddest of all is the story of Marciana Silva Barcelos. She was a widow traveling to the cemetery in the hearse with her late husband. A speeding car slammed into the rear of the hearse which dislodged the coffin sending it into the passenger area of the vehicle. It hit Marciana in the head and she died immediately.

So, maybe Ms. Duncan’s death was her own fault, and people who work at racetracks are aware of the dangers. Still, weird, and unforeseen things happen when operating a motor vehicle. Slow down, pay attention, and remember that there are more lives at risk than just your own.




VRouge | 9:25AM (Wed, Jan 28, 2015)

There are some seriously creepy stories. Isadora was also pulled out of the car and dragged before the driver could stop when her scarf became entangled.

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