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Texting Teen Falls Down Open NYC Manhole

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Fox News: A New York City teenager says she was text messaging while walking down the street -- and the next second she was down a manhole.

Alexa Longueira was walking down a Staten Island block and was getting ready to text message when she fell into an open sewer manhole, MyFOX NY reports.

Longueira suffered mild cuts and bruises and is expected to recover.

The teen's mother says workers told her they left the manhole open and unattended for just seconds while they went to fetch some cones from their truck.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it is investigating.

"DEP is conducting a full investigation of what happened during a manhole incident on Victory Boulevard where workers were flushing a high-pressure sewer on Wednesday evening," said Mercedes Padilla, of the DEP. "We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery."

The Longueira family says they plan on filing a lawsuit.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
LissaLou July 12, 2009, 11:47 PM

Of course, they plan on filing a law suit! It’s too much for them, I suppose to simply say, ” Next time watch where you are going!”

aurhynn July 13, 2009, 2:11 AM

LissaLou I totally agree! I don’t even cones would even have stopped her. She wasn’t even seriously hurt (I’m taking that from the article), just throughly embarrassed.

Duncan July 16, 2009, 11:32 AM

Hei LissaLou+Aurhynn….How about heading to the Movie this Weekend ? Have got extra ‘tickets’ here.
The Movie is “Scars of the ManHole”…
The story is about…How someone fell into a manhole & came into another World
Well-U both are Right !!!
Just be careful where you’re walking, that’s all ! We can’t be suing all over when we are actually at fault….
Cones or what-we’re not Blind !
DEP—Buck up & be very far-sighted in
yr Public-works !
This story has gone around the World; how shameful for us + our Country !!!

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