Man Listening to MP3 Player Hit By Fire Truck

Sunday, May 16, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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Man Listening to MP3 Player Hit By Fire Truck

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A man listening to an MP3 player walked into the path of a fire truck on Sunday.

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We all know distracted driving can be dangerous, but a Sunday accident proves distracted walking can be just as bad.

A pedestrian who apparently did not hear the sirens of an oncoming fire truck as he listened to an MP3 player was critically injured when he stepped into the path of the truck and was hit.

At 11:08 a.m., a male was critically injured when he stepped into the path of a moving Chicago Fire Department fire truck that had its sirens activated, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado.

The incident occurred at the intersection of South Damen Avenue and West 63rd Street, Rosado said. It appears the pedestrian was listening to some kind of "electronic device" and did not hear the sirens, Rosado said.

The male was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Rosado said.

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