Monday, October 20, 2008

Accident ahead

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Poor Joan Hayward was walking along a road on her way home, minding her own business, when she was struck from behind by a horse being ridden at high speed by one Edward Short. She was killed, and the record reports that she suffered ’a grievous beating which bruised and wounded her head and face’.

Herbert Noke was travelling in an ox cart when the animal broke free. The record reports that ‘the cart, with its wheels, ran violently down the hill and fell in pieces. Noke was injured by the cart and wheels and died as a result’.

Joan died in 1651 and Edward in 1577!

An examination of coroner’s records in the county of Sussex, England showed that between 1485 and 1688, 30% of people who met their end due to an injury did so in a road accident. This compares with just 25% today, so who says road travel is becoming more dangerous?
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7 comments:

  1. Very interesting post as well as the statistics.

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  2. Perhaps you could send this to the morons who continually campaign for speed cameras!

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  3. ouch! the stats i didn't expect though. very interesting.

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  4. Wow. That's really interesting. I wonder if the same statistics apply in the states? I bet our rate is higher because we're stupid.

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  5. no way!! that is amazing Keith!
    thanks for your wise info!

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  6. Depends which road ya travel aye?

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