unexpected misfortune

See: accident
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Work parties can be a great boost for morale but can also lead the exuberant into unexpected misfortune. They are minefields which claim casualties each and every year.
Locke Thomason experienced a series of personal tragedies and unexpected misfortunes. As a result of these, Locke left his mountain homeland bound for Killarassee in the south of the kingdom.