Pedestrian glued to his phone rolls down more than 30 steps after walking on an escalator going in the opposite direction while staring at his handset
- The man watched a TV program when he walked to an escalator in China
- He didn't look up and stepped up the stairs, thinking it was going down
- But the stairs went up, causing the man to miss a step and lose balance
- He rolled the entire staircase from top to bottom and was seriously injured
A Chinese pedestrian obsessed with his phone has learned a painful lesson after using the escalator while looking at his handset.
The 35-year-old man in China stepped on an escalator in the opposite direction when he watched a TV show on his phone.
He rolled down the entire staircase from top to bottom after missing a step.
The 35-year-old (circled) in Chongqing, China, rolled an escalator from the top down
He suffered serious bleeding in the head and was taken to the hospital by the police and paramedics
The incident occurred last Thursday in the Shapingba district of Chongqing, a municipality with more than 30 million residents in southwestern China.
According to police, the man, known by his last name Chen, tried to take a downward escalator at Chongqing West train station.
Glued to his cell phone, he accidentally climbed a flight of stairs.
Imagery shows Mr. Chen as the escalator falls over while passers-by watch.
The man, known as Mr. Chen, confessed that he had gotten used to walking while staring at his phone
Police said he fell more than 30 steps and was bleeding heavily on the head.
Police officers who patrol the neighborhood were warned by bystanders and rushed to save the victim.
An officer, known by his last name Feng, said the embarrassed man wailed beside a pool of blood when he arrived at the scene.
Officer Feng called an ambulance and moved the man to a safe area with the help of the guards and spectators of the station. The policeman also gave first aid to Mr. Chen.
Paramedics arrived about 20 minutes later and brought Mr. Chen to the hospital.
Mr. Chen was on his way to meet a friend at Chongqing West Railway Station (photo) that day
According to Shangyou News from Chongqing, Mr. Chen was on his way to meet a friend when the accident occurred.
Mr. Chen confessed that he enjoyed watching TV series on his phone and was used to walking while he stared at the screen.
He said he had caught up with one show before the accident and only saw the escalator through the corners of his eyes.
He said he did not expect the escalator to come up and walk on it without a second thought.
Mr. Chen was in a stable state, the report said.
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