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Woman distracted by phone tumbles through sidewalk access door in New Jersey

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 22:58:16-04

PLAINFIELD, N.J. — A woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when she fell through a sidewalk access door while she was distracted by looking at her phone.

It happened around noon as the 67-year-old woman was walking on Somerset Street in Plainfield.

In a surveillance video, the woman appears to be texting or playing a game when she flips over the access doors in front of Acme Windows, falling several feet into a utility room.

She was extracted by emergency crews and rushed to the hospital.

The woman, who has not been identified, is listed in serious condition.

Authorities say the doors were open for the repair of gas lines.