A female pedestrian who was using her mobile phone while crossing the road at an intersection in Zhongshan, Guangdong province was killed after being hit by two large trucks.
Surveillance footage shows that the victim had her eyes glued to her phone when an oncoming white truck rammed into her and sent her flying across the pavement. Immediately after, she was hit by a yellow truck approaching from the opposite direction.
The woman, whose name is unknown, is from Guangxi province and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses of the accident said it happened “very fast and was extremely gory”.
Experts have found that using a cellphone while walking results in more injuries per mile than using it while driving. The issue became such a cause for concern in Chongqing last year that the city constructed the first-ever mobile-phone only sidewalk.
Footage of the scene has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times since being uploaded to YouKu, China’s popular video-streaming site. Watch it here.
By Sharon Choi