an event which is either unpleasant or unusual:
an isolated/serious/unfortunate incident
A youth was seriously injured in a shooting incident on Saturday night.
accident noun [C]
1 something which happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, and which often damages something or injures someone:
Josh had an accident and spilled water all over his work.
She was injured in a car/road accident (= when one car hit another).
I've only dealt with the nouns here as otherwise there are too many options to discuss. These are definitions from www.dictionary.cambridge.org - this is the dictionary that I use with my students online. Notice the difference in meaning - accident more often refers to something that harms or injures, whereas incident can be any unpleasant event, possibly NOT harmful.
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The word incident means an unusual or important event, while an accident is either a crash involving cars, planes, etc... or a situation in which somebody is injured / something is damaged.
They arrived home without incident = They arrived home uneventfully.
He saw an accident on the highway.
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