VIDEO: Texting woman falls through sidewalk access door in North Jersey

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Texting while walking: Tamala Edwards reports during Action News at 5:30 a.m. on June 9, 2017. (WPVI)

A woman was injured in northern New Jersey Thursday afternoon when she fell 6 feet through a sidewalk access door while distracted by her cell phone.

The incident, recorded by a surveillance camera, happened just after noon in front of Acme Windows on Somerset Street in Plainfield.

Authorities say the 67-year-old woman appeared to be texting when she fell through the open doors.

She fell 6 feet to the floor below.

A girl and woman walking in the other direction saw it all, and in just a few moments, a crowd gathered to see what happened.

The Plainfield Fire Division rescued the woman from the hole and rushed her to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The access doors were open because crews were repairing gas lines in the area.

The victim was listed in serious condition.
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