A strange yet tragic story has come out of China as two people were killed and several others were injured after a woman dropped her cell phone into a open-pit toilet. Fox 8 reported on June 8, 2014, that an unnamed woman in Xinxiang City, China, dropped her new cell phone into a sewer pit and those that tried to help her ended up perishing.
The woman's husband attempted to retrieve the phone, worth an estimated $320, from the toilet, but the retrieval mission went wrong. He was overcome by the stench and gasses in the toilet pit and lost consciousness and fell in.
At that point, the man's mother dove into the pit to try and save her son, but she also passed out due to the fumes.
From here, the woman that dropped the phone tried to save both her husband and mother-in-law. She also lost consciousness and other people called some neighbors to try and come help.
Once all was said and done, a total of six people needed to be rescued from the open-pit toilet including the woman's father-in-law and two friends. All fell unconscious after being lowered in on a rope.
The woman's husband and his mother both had a pulse when they were pulled from the toilet, but after waiting more than an hour for medical assistance to arrive, they ending up passing away in the hospital.
“Two lives have gone in five minutes and my cousin’s wife is still in coma, leaving a partially-paralyzed old man and a one-year-old son at home,” the husband’s uncle said, according to Shanghaiist.