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Woman distracted by phone falls over basement access doors
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Friday, June 09, 2017 09:07 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 09:16 AM EDT
A New Jersey woman distracted by her cellphone was hospitalized after she fell over open basement access doors and fell 6 feet (1.8 metres) into the opening.
Surveillance video captured the woman Thursday as she walked along a Plainfield street.
The 67-year-old landed in the cellar of Acme Windows, where workers were repairing gas lines.
Martin Delgadillo told WNBC-TV in New York he was standing outside his barbershop on Somerset Street when he saw the woman plunge through the access door.
“She was looking at her phone — the last minute — she hit the door and fell right in,” Delgadillo said.
The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital. Police said her injuries were not life-threatening.
“I thought texting and driving was a bad thing,” Delgadillo said. “Now it’s texting and walking.”

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