Video: Jack Nicklaus’ grandson survives chilling motorcycle crash, caught on camera

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Nick O'Leary motorcycle crash - bus dashcam video footage screencap

Nick O’Leary, grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and starting tight end for the Florida State Seminoles, received a rather brutal lesson in the laws of physics. An inattentive Lexus driver pulled out in front of the FSU player while he was traveling along on his motorcycle. The resulting collision ejected O’Leary from his bike, sending him sailing down the road for an estimated 75 to 100 feet, and the whole thing was captured on video.

The motorcycle got the worst of the ordeal, fortunately. After the collision, it was catapulted into the windshield of a stopped bus. No one was injured in the Lexus or on the bus, which captured the footage, although one passenger was very lucky that he didn’t get off the bus a few seconds sooner. O’Leary, meanwhile, walked away, but was later taken to the hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

While the accident happened at the beginning of May, the incident is just coming to light thanks to a report from TomahawkNation, which made a public records request. Florida State’s football coach, Jimbo Fisher, told the sports website, “he wrecked that daggone scooter and was banged up for about a month.” Yes, this is exactly the statement we’d expect from a southern-fried ball coach named Jimbo. Take a look at the full video below.

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Motorist impaled by fence post survives [w/animation]

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Man survives after being impaled by two-inch pipe – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We’re not sure if Andrew Linn is the luckiest man alive or the least lucky, but either way we have no idea how he could survive a two-inch pipe passing through his face and out the back of his head. Linn somehow left the road and hit a chain-link fence (he has no recollection of the event), and when the fence broke apart, the two-inch pipe at the top of the fence snapped off, traveled through the windshield, under Linn’s nose and through his neck. Doctors say that if the pipe entered at any other point or at a slightly different angle, Linn would have been killed instantly.

Hit the jump to watch the ABC News report, which includes an animation that shows how the Dodge Charger may have struck the fence and lead to the pipe passing through Linn. We know it’s just pixels, but we can’t help but shriek every time we see the pipe pass strategically though his neck. Ouch.

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Woman survives 7 weeks in wilderness in her Chevy Astro

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Rita Chretien survives for seven weeks in her Astro Van – Click above to watch video after the jump

The Chretiens left British Columbia with their Chevrolet Astro Van pointing towards Las Vegas. Rita and her husband Albert were embarking on a 1,200-mile road trip. Unfortunately for the Chretiens, and for reasons we don’t know, that Asto Van ended up stuck in the mud out in the Nevada wilderness.

After sitting helpless for a few days, Rita’s husband couldn’t wait around any more and left on foot to try and find some help. Rita stayed behind, and survived for seven weeks in the Chevy before a group of hunters came across the stuck vehicle. Rita Chretien had survived by rationing her trail mix and drinking melted snow. Sadly, Albert has not yet been found but the search for Mr. Chretien continues. Click past the jump to watch an ABC News spot on this story.

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21-year-old driver survives 200-foot plunge into Grand Canyon

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Veering off the road is a scary event. Veering off the road that runs around the rim of the Grand Canyon is downright terrifying. Typically, a scenario that involves the terms “Grand Canyon,” “automobile” and “plunge” usually end with the phrase “the fat lady has sung.” For one particular 21-year-old man, that luckily doesn’t seem to be the case.

Stating that he “accidentally drove over the rim,” the driver and his vehicle dropped 200 feet before winding up snagged in some trees. The man climbed back to the top of the canyon’s rim, flagged down help and was treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. This leads us to believe the vehicle in question was either a Canyonero or the driver’s bones are made up of a mixture of horseshoes and rabbit’s feet. In any case, we’re glad he made it out alive.

[Source: AZ Daily Sun | Image: kasyhap_hc/Flickr CC 2.0]

21-year-old driver survives 200-foot plunge into Grand Canyon originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Easy Rider Captain America chopper survives arson attempt?

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Easy Rider chopper survives fire – Click above to watch video after the jump

Fear not, friends. One of the original Captain America Harley-Davidson Pan Head choppers from Easy Rider has survived a Texas warehouse fire. The raked-out Hollywood icon reportedly managed to escape the calamity with little more than a heavy dusting of soot and ash. The bike was one of 30 vehicles housed in an Austin, Texas building that went up in flames yesterday, and while all of the cars, trucks and bikes were collectables, the Easy Rider chopper was the most famous of the bunch. The former hardware store was packed wall-to-wall with antique Jaguar, Ford and Rolls-Royce models. At this point, it’s unclear exactly which vehicles survived the blaze and which are headed for the scrapyard, but we do know that Peter Fonda’s Harley will live to ride another day (in fact, there’s actually some debate about the provenance of the bike either way).

Investigators say that the fire appears to have started in the rear of the building, and that as of right now, it looks like arson is to blame. Setting fire to another man’s property is never acceptable, but trying to torch the Easy Rider Panhead is a sin of a different caliber. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself. Hat tip to Nathan!

[Sources: KXAN Austin, Jalopnik, About.com]

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