Zacharia Smith, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio was hit by a train as he walked across the tracks on Monday, but fortunately survived. The gates were down. Witnesses report that Smith appeared to be sending a text message while he was walking. He's listed in serious condition. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
(Witnesses told Elmwood Place Mayor Richard) Ellison that Smith looked as if he was using his phone to send a text message and didn't see the onrushing train.Link (Thanks, Charles Pescovitz!)
"The horn was blowing like mad, and the kid was text-messaging," Ellison said.
"The kid apparently was just daydreaming."