Watch Out for That Hole: Woman on Phone Tumbles

She's hospitalized in serious condition
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2017 11:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I thought texting and driving was a bad thing. Now it's texting and walking," a New Jersey bystander tells NBC New York after he watched a woman tumble head first into a gaping hole in the sidewalk on Thursday. The 67-year-old woman was staring at her phone while walking in Plainfield and failed to see a pair of access doors open in front of her.

WPIX reports she fell six feet to where crews were working to repair gas lines. A surveillance camera captured the fall and, later, several firefighters carrying the woman out on a stretcher. She was hospitalized in serious condition. (A NJ lawmaker is trying to make texting and walking illegal.)

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