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Music putting listeners at risk on the streets

POLICE said yesterday that loud music almost got a woman killed while crossing the street earlier this week

The woman, surnamed Yu, was wearing earphones and didn't seem to hear an approaching truck until it was too late, a witness said.

Yu, in her 30s, was on Jiamusi Road near Yingkou Road in Yangpu District on Thursday evening when she was struck a glancing blow by a dump truck.

The witness said the truck started to brake but was not able to stop in time. It was sounding its horn but Yu did not seem to hear it.

Yu suffered a 20 centimeter cut and bruising to her legs.

Officers said loud music could easily distract one's attention and said people should focus on the traffic conditions when they were on the street.

"Whether to wear earphones is personal but pedestrians should obey the traffic rules and concentrate while crossing streets," said Zhang Xin, a traffic policeman in Jing'an District.

Zhang said he frequently saw pedestrians and cyclists narrowly avoid collisions while listening to music.


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