23 Facts From Freak Vehicular Accidents That’ll Raise Your Hair


1Peter O' Toole

Peter O' Toole

When Peter O'Toole cut the top of his finger off in a boating accident, he dropped the tip of the finger in some brandy before pushing it back into place and wrapping it with a bandage. Removing the bandage weeks later he found he'd put it back the wrong way round.

2Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill was in a car accident that caused substantial facial trauma a day before he finished shooting the original Star Wars. An in-universe explanation for his scarring was developed for The Empire Strikes Back, where he is mauled by a Wampa, allowing him to continue the trilogy.

3Chris Trokey and Dr. Michael Shannon

Chris Trokey and Dr. Michael Shannon

A doctor named Dr. Michael Shannon saved the life of a premature baby (Chris Trokey). 30 years later Chris, who was a paramedic was the First responder to an accident, saved the Dr.'s life that had saved him.

4George Lamson Jr.

George Lamson Jr.

In 1985, a 17-year old named George Lamson Jr. was ejected from a plane upon crash (Galaxy Airlines Flight 203) and landed upright in his seat in the middle of a street. He was the only survivor.

5Japan Air 123 accident

Japan Air 123 accident

The Japan Air 123 accident was the deadliest single-aircraft crash of all time. The crew could not control the plane so they used thrust to go up and down and differential trust to turn. It crashed after 32 minutes. No simulation reconstruction held out as long as the crew did.

6Resident Evil

Resident Evil

While shooting Resident Evil there was an accident that injured 16 people. First responders to the scene thought there was a catastrophe and had trouble assessing the injuries due to the victims' zombie costumes.

7Blue Angels pilots

Blue Angels pilots

Out of 262 Blue Angels pilots, 26 have been killed during training or show accidents, giving the job a 10% fatality rate.

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8Hugh Trenchard

Hugh Trenchard

Hugh Trenchard, a British soldier in the Boer War, was shot in the chest and spine, becoming partially paralyzed. He took up bobsledding as a hobby, and after a major accident regained use of his legs.

9Derek Kieper

Derek Kieper

A college student named Derek Kieper wrote against seat belt laws, saying they are "intrusions on individual liberties" and that he won't wear one. He died in a car crash, and his 2 passengers survived because they were wearing seatbelts.

10Train crash

Train crash

In 1886, 3 people were killed and many more injured in a Texas train company's publicity stunt. They had invited the public to watch two of their trains crash head-on into one another at full speed, promising a good show.


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