Terrifying video captures the moment a woman flipped over open sidewalk cellar doors in New Jersey — and plunged six feet into the basement below.
The unidentified 67-year-old woman was walking down a street in Plainfield, N.J. around noon on Thursday when she approached the open doors. But instead of turning to avoid them, she kept walking and toppled head-first over the wide-open grate, video shows.
Authorities told ABC that the woman appeared to be texting — and distracted by her phone — when she took the fall.
But the son of the woman, who has not been identified, told CBS that his mother is legally blind.
“She regularly takes on schedule her meals and checks her sugar,” the son told the station, noting that his mother has trouble seeing blended colors. “As far as I was told, when she was walking down the street, she felt a little nauseous in a sense, and looked at her phone to see what time it was.”
“When I first saw the video, my heart dropped,” the son added. “It was painful to watch.”
Moments after the plunge, crews arrived and rescued the woman – pulling her out of the basement on a stretcher. She was seriously hurt, but is now in stable condition, authorities told CBS.
“She may be hurt, but at least she’s alive,” the woman’s son said.