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When does an accident become a 'tragedy'?

Asked by elbanditoroso (15501 points ) June 8th, 2014

Yesterday’s newspapers reported a traffic accident in which the actor Tracy Morgan was critically injured. Not his fault – he was a passenger in a shuttle bus.

Initially it was reported as a bad accident – certainly not a fun time for anyone, but a traffic accident like any of 10,000 that happen every day.

Today’s web reporting (and TV reporting) calls it a “tragedy” – see for example:
http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/Driver-charged-in-crash-that-injured-Tracy-Morgan/276272195975/Comcast/Today_in_Video/?cid=hero_sf_TIV

or
http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/07/showbiz/tracy-morgan-hospitalized/

My question: Does an accident become a tragedy because someone famous got hurt? If I were in an accident, would it be a tragedy?

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