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A fatal accident three months ago has left a water park in Kansas City with no choice but to dismantle its star attraction. The 17-storey tall Verrückt water slide has been inactive since the accident in August. "Verrückt will be decommissioned — closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower," a statement to the Kansas City Star from the park read.

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Video: Getting in the habit of using your car's parking brake whenever you stop isn't the worst idea in the world. Yes, there's the risk of you forgetting it's on the next time you drive away, but it can also prevent accidents like this from occurring. This guy's Benny Hill impression is hilarious, but he's probably not laughing after what happens at the end of this clip.

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In July, construction workers at the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus dropped a 300 tonne reactor shell. Weeks went by before the government admitted an "abnormal situation" had occurred, prompting international concerns about safety at the Russian-built facility — and the Belarusian government's unwillingness to disclose information in a timely manner.

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Video: Smoke, fire, chaos. That's what happens when a freight ship's anchor loses control and dives straight into the ocean. The chains just start spinning wildly and the friction of the metal goes nuts and there's really no way to stop it other than to just let it continue to drop and burn.

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This is horrifying. Two cranes were trying to restore a bridge when they both collapsed into the nearby neighbourhood. The cranes were holding a big chunk of the bridge when they fell, so that smashed into the ground as well. Homes and shops along the river were destroyed and 20 people were hurt. Thankfully, no one died.

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Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do. It's also something for which they likely have no or minimal training. Before you hit the road this weekend, let's look at how to make it more survivable.