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January 28, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(4):318-319. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960390068025

FREAK ACCIDENTS  Paul Jones, ChicagoThe following odd little happenings and many others were uncovered by the National Safety Council in its annual roundup of freak accidents. Here's the rundown on the dizzy doings in 1955:Gene Scott, of Rushville, Neb., had hoped his hunting trip would turn up something special. It did. He was getting out of his car when a gust of wind blew the door shut on his coat pocket. A rifle shell in his pocket shot him. In New Liberty, Iowa, 12-year-old David Dahl placed his rifle against a ladder in the barn and started to climb to the loft. His dog jumped on the ladder, struck the rifle trigger with his paw, and shot his ascending master just below the hayloft. Some fish stories are greeted by raised eyebrows, but when Bobby Bright, of Gonzales, Texas, reported that he had been shot by a fish,

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