(NEW YORK) — Liza Dye is a living advertisement for why you shouldn’t walk while engrossed in something on your cell phone, especially before getting on the subway: The 25-year-old New York resident recently learned the hard way that technology can be hazardous to your health.
Dye fell onto the tracks in front of an oncoming subway train at New York’s Broadway-Lafayette Station, while engrossed with her phone on Thursday. The oncoming B train stopped short, but not before rolling right over the South Carolina native, who is lucky to be alive.
ABC News’ Ben Gittleson was at the scene minutes after the incident among fellow passengers who were watching the scene, aghast.
“The firefighters on the tracks were reaching under the front of the car, trying to get the woman out,” Gittleson said. “Some first responders were shouting, yelling what sounded like ‘body!’ after which someone brought over a stretcher.”
Other witnesses said Dye was distracted, although a friend told ABC News she may have been feeling dizzy and fell onto the tracks. A family member reached by ABC News declined to comment.
Dye, a stand-up-comic, may have had a brush with death, but that didn’t stop her from returning to social media as soon as possible. She is currently recovering in hospital where she’s been tweeting and joking about her recovery.
A national study has estimated that more than 1,500 pedestrians were injured last year as a result of texting and walking.
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