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Yasmeen BanderasAMARILLO, TX – A father accidentally killed four of his eight children after he incorrectly used professional-grade pesticide underneath the family’s home.

Peter Balderas was trying to get rid of mice when he placed pellets known as Weevil-Cide under the house. This pesticide contains aluminum phosphide is to be placed by two fully trained professionals at a time.

This product is normally used industrially in ship hulls or other large areas, and is strictly prohibited on single and multi-family residential properties. When neighbors began to complain about the smell of the pesticide, Peter used a water hose to spray the pellets in hopes of dampening the smell.

While I’m not sure if that worked, what is known is that when the water mixed with the pellets, phosphine gas was created and slowly leaked into the home that the family breathed in over the course of two days. On Monday, police were called after someone who stopped by to see the family saw that everyone was sick.

When responders arrived, one child was already dead.…

DES MOINES, IA — A man in Iowa has died at a gym after he dropped a 315-pound barbell on his neck.

According to the Elite Edge Transformation Center, the accident happened in their gym Monday morning as 22-year-old Kyle Thomson was bench pressing.

The barbell slipped from his grasp and, despite there being spotters present, the barbell fell and crushed his neck. Thomson was taken to the hospital where he later died from severe internal injuries.

Joe Brammer, owner of Elite Edge Transformation Center, said Thompson was working out as part of their Warriors advanced training program when the accident happened. He also said there was spotter assisting Thompson at the time.

“This is a difficult and painful time, and our thoughts are with the member’s family. Grief counselors are meeting with staff and gym members over the next couple of days. We would ask that you keep his family in your prayers,” said Brammer.

Thompson was a student at Iowa State University, and a former student at East High School where he was captain of the football team and selected as MVP during the baseball season of his senior year.…

HILLSBOROUGH, NC – Police have charged a man after an unmanned construction truck rolled down a hill and killed a 5-year-old boy standing in his driveway.

The incident happened the day after Christmas in a subdivision that is still in the process of being built. An unmanned truck that was being loaded with dirt “became loose and rolled down the hill,” said Hillsborough spokeswoman Catherine Wright.

The truck rolled down a hill, snapped overhead power lines, and through several yards before crashing into the side of a house.

Several children were playing soccer in the driveway of the home before it was hit, and 5-year-old William Copeland was unable to get out of the way. He was struck by the truck and died from his injuries.

Police determined Alejandro Suarez was responsible for the truck and ensuring it was properly secured, and charged him with misdemeanor death by vehicle. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on a $10,000 secured bond.

“We will also be following up the investigation, looking at the mechanical condition of the vehicle and confirming all of the working relationships, regarding specifically which company the crew was working for,” said Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton.…

JOHNSTOWN, PA – A 5-month-old baby starved to death in a bassinet after her parents both died of heroin overdoses.

Police were called to the home of a couple after someone went inside to check on the family that had not been seen or heard from in a week.

Once inside, they found 27-year-old Jason Chambers and 19-year-old Chelsea Cardaro dead from heroin overdoses. Chambers was on the first floor while Cardaro was found in a second-floor bathroom.

But they got off lucky compared to their 5-month-old daughter, Summer Chambers. She was found dead in a bassinet after suffering “three to four days” of dehydration and starvation.

Officials believe the family has been dead for a week. Neighbors last saw the family Dec. 11, and thought they had taken a planned trip to New York.

“It’s an unfortunate incident where they both possibly overdosed at the same time – and being from out of town, not having anybody in town,” said Johnstown police Capt. Chad Miller. “It was too long for anybody to notice that they were missing.”

This isn’t the first time police had been to the home on an overdose call.…

SADDLE BROOK, NJ – A couple had to make the tough decision to take their 3-month-old off of life support after being dropped on his head by a babysitter.

Police say Reece Modzelewski was being watched by a female family member on Tuesday when she accidentally dropped him on his head.

When police arrived at the home, Reece was unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital where he was put on life support.

Following his hospitalization, Reece’s father, 32-year-old Mark Modzelewski, posted on Facebook:

My little baby boy is dying and there’s nothing I can do to help or comfort him,’ Mark Modzelewski wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. ‘I don’t know if he can hear, see, taste or touch anymore. My heart has been torn out of my chest.

A second of misfortune will turn into a lifetime of pain as is the case with most tragedies. The fact that this happening so close to Christmas and right between both of our birthdays will only make it more difficult.

LAKE DELTON, WI – A Florida teen on vacation in Wisconsin died after trying to sled down a snow-covered water-slide.

The teen, 16-year-old Addison Williams, was with his brother and a friend Wednesday night when they  trespassed into a fenced-off area of Water and Theme Park.

The three boys climbed to the top of an 85-foot tall, snow-covered slide with intentions of sledding down it.

Two of the boys came to their senses and decided it was too dangerous, but Williams decided to go through with it.

He made it halfway down before his sled got stuck in the snow. As Williams tried freeing the sled, he fell over the side of the slide and died when he hit the ground 35-feet below.

According to Lake Delton Police Chief Daniel Hardman, the family were vacationing in the area to see snow. They were staying in a hotel near the park and were on the scene shortly after it happened.

The owner of the park said the fence and other safety measures were put in place for a reason, and there’s nothing more he could have done to prevent the boys from getting in.…

WHITTIER, CA – One woman is dead and a child is in critical condition after a tree fell on them as they posed for wedding pictures.

It happened Saturday afternoon at Whittier’s Penn Park as a bridal party had gathered near a 100-foot eucalyptus tree to take a group photo.

For reasons currently being investigated, the tree fell over and trapped up to 20 people. One person, currently being reported as the mother of the bride, was killed.

Gilbert Duran posted on Facebook that he helped pull the woman from under the tree, saying he was pretty sure she was already dead.

“They’re taking pictures under this tree and all of a sudden it jut collapsed,” Duran said. “We just watched some little kids go flat underneath that tree.”

Five other people suffered minor and moderate injuries, including a 4-year-old girl who was reportedly in critical condition due to a head injury.

Why the tree fell is unknown at this time, but officials said it probably the California drought could have weakened the 50-year-old tree.…

RUSSIA – A mother of two died while working at a confectionery plant after she fell into a vat of molten chocolate and was “minced” by the in the metal machinery.

According to reports, 24-year-old Svetlana Roslina was either pouring ingredients into the vat of molten chocolate when she fell in, or was trying to retrieve a dropped cell phone.

Either way, Roslina ended up falling inside the vat and was unable to get out. The poor woman ended up caught in the machinery inside the vat that keeps the chocolate agitated. The result was a very violent death.

“She was minced, only her legs were left,” said one local source at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant.

Police are currently investigating the accident.

Roslina isn’t the only person we’ve reported on who died after falling into a vat of chocolate. Back in 2009, Vincent Smith II died after he fell into a vat of chocolate and was pinned down by a giant paddle-like agitator.

So now we will add a second “drowned in chocolate” on our list of horrible ways people have died at work.…

Boy, 12, Dies After Being Buried In Snow Bank

December 14, 2016 at 7:35 am by  

GREENWICH, NY – A 12-year-old boy has died after he and a friend were buried in a snow bank while building a fort in the snow.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon as the boy played in the snow on a dead end street where a public works truck plowed snow in the area.

When the boys failed to return home, 911 was called and police arrived on the scene. A K-9 would find a sled near the mound of snow, prompting search crews to start digging.

“There was probably a dozen-and-a-half men with shovels and bare hand digging, and I think they moved – with no exaggeration – seven tons of hard packed snow in about 10 minutes time,” said Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell.

One boy was found unresponsive and rushed to Saratoga Hospital where he would be pronounced dead. The second boy was found an hour later and, surprisingly, was alert and responsive. He was taken to the hospital and is talking.

At this time it is not known if the snow fort the children were building collapsed on top of them, or if they were buried by the snow plow (or both).…

LYNN, AR – It’s been awhile since we have reported on an incident like this, but an 8-year-old boy in Arkansas died after a tombstone fell on top of him.

According to Detective Jaime White of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened on Saturday as the boy was attending a birthday party at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

The boy was climbing on a headstone shaped like a tree stump, dated 1906, when it came loose and fell on top of the boy. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jeff Nely, the church’s pastor, called the boy a “rambunctious young man” who was “full of life” and says church members are planning to help the family financially in some way.

“Just trying to love them and let them know that we support them and trying to comfort them and give peace as best we can,” said Neely.

This is the fourth tombstone related death we have reported on that I remember.

In 2012, a 4-year-old boy in Utah died after a headstone fell on top of him while he played in a graveyard, and a 4-year-old girl in North Carolina died the same way.…

johnthony-walkerCHATTANOOGA, TN – Police have arrested the driver of a school bus that flipped over, slammed into a tree and killed five children.

On Monday afternoon, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was transporting 37 students from Woodmore Elementary School when he lost control of the bus. The buss flipped on to its side and crashed into a tree, splitting it apart.

Five children died at the scene, six were critically injured, six were admitted to the hospital and 20 were treated and released by local hospitals.

What caused the accident is still being investigated, one of the children on the bus said they were going “real fast” before the accident occurred.

“He was going real fast and he hit a garbage bag,” the boy said. “And we then hit a mailbox, then we flipped over and hit a tree real hard.”

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said speed is being investigated ‘very, very strongly’ and that a warrant has been issued to remove the informational box on the school bus and review the video to help determined what happened.…

plastic-recyclingINDIANAPOLIS, IN – A worker inside an Indiana recycling plant met a grisly fate after a machine that compresses and melts plastics turned on while he was inside the machine working on it.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 31-year-old Michael Burris was working inside a machine at the Plastic Recycling Inc. early Thursday morning.

Burris was trying to unclog the machine, which grinds plastic bottles and other waste into pellets, when it turned back on with him inside it.

When medics and police arrived at the facility, Burris was found lying face down on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force injuries to his head, body and extremities.

His death has been ruled an accident. The facility has been in operation since 1988 and has no history of safety inspections, violations or safety orders.

RIP, Burris. One can only hope your death was a quick one.

We will now add “ground into pellets by a recycling machine” to our long list of workplace deaths that include drowning in vat of molasses, suffocating inside a cryochamber, being cooked inside an industrial tuna steamer, drowning in cow shitpinto beans or chocolate, being chewed up inside meat grinders, getting stuck inside industrial dryers, flattened by paper rolling machines, and dying from exploding beer kegs, and multiple instances of being pulled into a wood chipper.

jordin-taylorBURLESON, TX – The body of 20-year-old Jordin Taylor was found wedged beneath a shuttle bus 14 hours after she was struck and killed late Friday night.

Taylor, a freshman at Texas State University and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, was at a fraternity party at the Cool River Ranch concert venue Friday night.

At around 11:15 p.m., one of the shuttle bus drivers transporting students back home reported the bus had lost its air brakes. The driver was informed by a supervisor to leave the bus where it was and transfer the students to another bus.

The next morning, a mechanic sent to work on the bus found the problem was Taylor’s body being wedged under the vehicle’s rear axle. After receiving the results of Taylor’s autopsy, the Sheriff’s Department says they believe Taylor was hit by the bus and dragged over 500 feet.

Although deputies say the crash appears to be a tragic accident, they are asking anyone with information on the incident, or anyone who attended the event with Taylor, to call 830-379-1224.…

misty-flowersLINCOLN COUNTY, NC – A Lincoln County deputy has been fired after she accidentally shot her 11-year-old daughter while showing off her service weapon at a Halloween party.

The shooting happened Saturday night at the home of 38-year-old Misty Michelle Flowers, a Lincoln County deputy, who was hosting a Halloween party.

At some point, Flowers decided to show off her service weapon and accidentally fired it. The bullet went through a wall and struck Flower’s 11-year-old daughter in the stomach.

Someone at the party called 911 immediately after the shooting and Flower’s daughter was rushed to the hospital. She has underwent surgery and was last reported in stable condition.

Sheriff David Carpenter fired Flowers, has worked for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since August 2015, stating officers are responsible for their weapons at home and that failure to do so could result in criminal charges.

“I find gross negligence and the disregard for the safety of others was displayed in the incident Saturday night and therefore Officer Flowers was terminated today,” said Carpenter.…

this-aint-the-trailerCHUNKY, MS — Two children and one adult are confirmed dead after a truck slammed into a flat-bed trailer carrying people taking part in a haunted hayride event.

The accident happened around 7:45 p.m. Halloween night as children and adults were were participating in a Halloween-themed hayride.

“There were two vehicles involved. One of the vehicles was pulling a trailer, which was loaded with several occupants. Adults and children were on the trailer. Both vehicles were traveling westbound on Highway 80 when an F-150 collided into the rear of the trailer,” said Sgt. Andy West.

Two children and one adult on the trailer were killed. West said that all three were related.

There were a total of 10 victims, several of which suffered life-threatening injuries. Several helicopters and ambulances arrived on the scene to take the injured to three different hospitals.

Names of those killed and details about the people injured have not been made immediately available. Details on how the crash occurred have also not been released, nor have there been any arrests made at this time.…

thunder-river-rapidsGOLD COAST, AU – Police have confirmed four people were killed at a Dreamworld theme park in Australia after a water ride malfunctioned.

The accident happened on Tuesday as riders were on the Thunder River Rapids water ride — a ride in which patrons are sent around a course while sitting in rafts that look like six chairs on a giant inner tube.

At the end of the course, the rafts are lifted out of the water on an incline by a conveyor belt. That’s when one of the rafts up-ended and threw two men, aged 35 and 38, and two women, aged 42 and 32, out of the raft.

Initial reports say two of the victims were crushed by another raft that came up behind the one that had tipped over, while the other two were killed after falling into the ride’s machinery. Early reports say the victims were all from the same family.

The Thunder River Rapids ride has been in operation since 1986 and considered one of the tamest rides in the park (you can see just how tame in this video).…

barstoolBIRMINGHAM, AL — A fifth-grader in suffered an embarrassing injury in her school’s cafeteria after she went to sit down on a barstool and did not realize there was no seat attached to the pole.

According to Stacy Minnifield, she was called to her 10-year-old daughter’s school by the school nurse who informed her that her daughter had been impaled by a metal pole in the lunchroom.

“She let me know that they got into the lunchroom, she got a tray, she got ready to sit down and didn’t notice that it didn’t have a barstool there,” Minnifield said. “She plopped down, immediately felt the pole, and that’s when she started to hurt.”

Minnifield went to the school and took her daughter to the hospital after finding the pole had torn through her pants and impaled her rectum.

“We discovered it was both rectal and towards that front area/private area,” Minnifield said.

Minnifield said her daughter is expected to make a full recovery, but the physical injuries isn’t the only thing she will have to recover from.…

leonardo-sanchezWEST JORDAN, UT – Here’s some nightmare fuel for any of you with children in daycare. A 1-year-old boy suffocated under a bean bag chair as a daycare worker sat on it and read a story to other children.

On Sept 8, Leonardo Sanchez was at the West Jordan Child Center when he crawled under a bean bag chair to hide. A female daycare worker, unaware Leonardo was under the chair, sat in it and began reading a story to the other children.

Surveillance camera footage shows it was 15 minutes before it was realized Leonardo was missing and was located under the bean bag chair. Attempts were made to resuscitate the boy at the daycare, but he would be pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.

His parents are understandably upset and want to know how something like this could have happened to their son, who would have celebrated his second birthday this Saturday. A day that will now be the boy’s funeral.

“I’m just confused on how you don’t know where my kid is.…


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