Man electrocuted while retrieving cell phone on subway tracks

New York's Christopher Street subway station sees the latest fatality to result from someone chasing a dropped cell phone on rail tracks.

The Christopher Street station. Bebo2Good1/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's easy enough to say: "It's only a cell phone."

Yet people seem so attached to their devices that they will sometimes risk their lives.

In an incident Monday afternoon at New York's Christopher Street subway station, a man dropped his cell phone onto the tracks and decided to retrieve it.

As the Daily Mail reports, the man -- who has yet to be named -- jumped down.

He reportedly came into contact with the third rail and was electrocuted.

His death comes within weeks of another incident in the Bronx when a man also died after jumping onto the tracks to get a dropped cell phone. He was struck by a train.

Yes, there are those who manage to risk their lives by stepping onto the tracks and still survive -- such as one lady in Brazil, who was rescued with the help of a security guard.

But it really is just a cell phone. It's not worth the risk.

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