Staten Island Girl Falls into Uncovered Manhole While Text-Messaging


text-messageWalking while texting can be dangerous — especially when an uncovered manhole is in your path. A Staten Island teenager — who was walking and text-messaging at the same time — fell into an uncovered manhole yesterday and now officials are looking into why the sewer was left unattended. Alexa Longueira, 15, was texting while she walked along Victory Boulevard at about 5 p.m. Thursday when she plunged five feet into the open manhole.City workers standing nearby helped to pull her out and she was taken to a local hospital, but only suffered minor injuries and checked out last night.

The girl’s family said they may file a lawsuit.

The Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time of the incident and that the agency is investigating the incident.

{SI Examiner/ Newscenter}