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Study claims: boy king was killed by a speeding vehicle

by Don Gammill Modified: November 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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Every week, I see numerous accident reports. It’s just part of the job for many of us who are in the news business.

These reports are about incidents ranging from all-terrain vehicles to tractor-trailer rigs to aircraft.

There are injury accidents, there are fatality accidents. And I always hope the reports do not contain the name of someone I know. Unfortunately, there have been those involving someone I do — or did — know.

OK. Stay with me on this. I promise you I’m not driving us to Crazyville.

It was a different type of report I saw recently that really caught my attention. It wasn’t from a local police or sheriff’s department. It wasn’t from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol or the Federal Aviation Administration.

This one actually was on Facebook. Are you ready for this?

It involved a kind of “traffic accident” from more than 3,000 years ago.

A new study by British experts has determine that King Tutankhamun (as they spelled it), the pharaoh of ancient Egypt who died at age 19, was killed in a vehicle-pedestrian accident. (http://tinyurl.com/k9nrkwy)

That’s right. They say he was struck by a speeding chariot and died of his injuries, which mangled one side of his body. They also attribute his heart being missing to that situation.

There’s more. They say he was “hastily mummified” and because of that, his body suffered spontaneous combustion in his coffin.

Back to that first part. There is no conclusion as to who was driving the chariot and whether there was any action taken. We don’t know — yet — where the incident occurred and who investigated.

We just know that, if indeed this is how it happened, it apparently resulted in death.

I’ve seen many auto-ped accident reports in my years in this business, but I’ve yet to see anything to resemble this one.

I hope I don’t.

Meanwhile, just remember that if you ever spot a chariot speeding down the road, pull over. The driver may not be in control.


by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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