Disneyland Death

Luan Phi Dawson, a 33-year-old software engineer visiting the Disneyland theme park in California for their Christmas Eve celebration, died after being struck in the head by a 9 lb. metal cleat used to secure the sailing ship Columbia. While the ship was docking, the cleat was pulled out of the dock under the tension of a cable and sailed through the air at tremendous speed into a nearby group of people. Dawson was declared brain-dead two days later. One other guest, Dawson’s wife, and a park attendee were injured non-fatally in the accident. This event was notable for being the first death of a guest in Disneyland history that was the result of insufficient maintenance resulting in an accident rather than a guest’s negligence in following safety-rules.

Submission by Logan Agle. Thank you.

A pioneer in sleep research died due to his having fallen asleep at the wheel

Eugene Aserinsky, a pioneer in sleep research, who discovered REM sleep, died when his car hit a tree north of San Diego due to his having fallen asleep at the wheel.

Molten Metal Death

Allen Wardle, 52, lived for six hours despite suffering 100% burns when he fell into a vat of molten zinc at a factory in Witham, Essex, but died later the same day in hospital.

Deadly Soccer Game

A bolt of lightning struck a soccer pitch during a game in Congo and killed an entire team, leaving the other team completely unhurt.