Driver hits tree while play­ing Poké­mon Go

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

— A man swerved and crashed his car into a tree while play­ing the pop­u­lar Poké­mon “Go” game.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened Tues­day night in Auburn, N.Y., and it comes as po­lice and trans­porta­tion de­part­ments across the coun­try are warn­ing play­ers to use cau­tion when us­ing the pop­u­lar new app on their phones. Auburn is east of Rochester.

Po­lice said that the crash hap­pened just be­fore 11 p.m. and that the driver “ad­mit­ted to ac­tively play­ing” Poké­mon “Go” “while driv­ing, caus­ing him to be­come dis­tracted and run off the road­way into a tree.” A photo that the po­lice depart­ment put out shows a crushed front end of a car.

“Luck­ily,” po­lice said in a state­ment, the driver “was not se­ri­ously in­jured but this is an ex­am­ple of how eas­ily ac­ci­dents can oc­cur when some­one is en­gaged in the game and not pay­ing at­ten­tion.”

In Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the game has also cre­ated con­tro­versy with peo­ple play­ing it at the Holo­caust Memo­rial Mu­seum and at Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery.

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