Res ipsa loquitur

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in July 2007

200 words / 1 min.
If you’ve ever taken a Torts class, and wanted a better example of res ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself”) than a barrel falling out of a warehouse, how about this? A 1,500-pound wrecking ball broke free of a crane and careened through downtown streets in Meadville on Monday, bouncing off cars before coming […]


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If you’ve ever taken a Torts class, and wanted a better example of res ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself”) than a barrel falling out of a warehouse, how about this?

A 1,500-pound wrecking ball broke free of a crane and careened through downtown streets in Meadville on Monday, bouncing off cars before coming to rest in the trunk of a Ford Taurus.

Along its nearly mile-long journey, the 3-foot sphere damaged 13 vehicles and injured three people. It appeared that the cable used to attach the ball to the crane arm snapped, police said.

– From the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, photo by Susan Fenton for The Tribune-Review


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