lucky to be alive: July 2011 Archives


Motorcross ace Chad Reed has not only survived a terrifying spectacular crash, which saw him fly 20ft into the air, but he also finished the race he was in.

The Australian daredevil had been competing in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Minnesota when he lost control on a jump and was sent skywards.

After being launched 20 feet into the air, he separated from his bike and then clattered back to the ground with a nasty bump which looked like it could have left him seriously injured.

But within seconds Reed was back on his bike - much to the shock of the commentators - and not only that, he ended the race 34th of 35 riders and went on to finish 14th by the end of the moto. Seriously impressive stuff.

275x250.jpg Fire fighters in Yorkshire had a close shave recently, when two houses exploded just yards from where they were standing, as this video footage shows.

The team had been called to what they had been told was a small kitchen fire, but when they arrived they found a string of small fires in a row of six terraced houses.

Moving quickly the brave crew from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service evacuated 30 people (including two from upstairs using ladders)  from the homes and began to tackle the blaze.

And it's a good job they acted so fast… because just seconds after the residents had been led away to safety a massive explosion tore through the homes partly demolishing two and causing extensive fire and blast damage to four more.


A gun expert who uploads instructional videos to YouTube has produced his most compelling argument for gun safety yet… by accidentally shooting himself in the leg.

Tex Grebner had been recording a video of himself practicing a quick-draw and pulling his gun from a holster to shoot a target just feet from him.

But the blundering gun enthusiast accidentally fired his gun and shot a round into his leg - it entered at the top of his thigh and exited near his knee.

Grebner say he suffered the "negligent discharge" because he had been practicing with a Glock and "thumbdrive holster" earlier in the day and forgetting which weapon he was using, unintentionally took the safety off.


This squirrel is lucky to be alive after running across a racetrack as a Lamborghini hurtled towards it at over 100mph -- and passing under it.


The close shave happened at the AutoClub Speedway in Fontana, California during an event called the "The Ultimate Lamborghini Experience".

And this little chap certainly got the ultimate Lamborghini experience as he ran out in front of the speeding yellow Lamborghini LP670-4 SV.

As this footage shows, the car passes over him as he continues running across the track… no, we're not sure how he survived either.




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