Reporter gets hit by car on live TV and continues with report
Shocking footage was captured in West Virginia on Wednesday night when a journalist was hit by a car during a live TV report.
Tori Yorgey, from WSAZ, was covering a water main break in the city of Dunbar while a car drove into her from behind, knocking both her and her camera to the ground.
“I just got hit by a car, but I’m OK … Yeah, you know, that’s live TV for you.
“It’s all good. I actually got hit by a car in college too just like that,” Ms Yorgey said after the collision, adding that it was her last week working for the station and “I think this would happen”.
Meanwhile in the studio, presenter Tim Irr first appeared nonplussed by the incident – apparently because he was unable to view the live feed of Ms Yorgey being hit by the vehicle.
“That’s a first for you on TV, Tori … Are you sure you’re OK, Tori? Are you sure you’re OK?
“Were you bumped down low, Tori, or were you hit up high? I couldn’t really tell from looking at you … I didn’t see, you disappear on the screen,” he said.
As Mr Irr tried to ascertain what was happening on the ground, Ms Yorgey was seen talking to the female driver off-screen who was speaking to her after the accident, telling the individual that she was “so sweet” and “it is all good”.
She continued: “I don’t even know, Tim. My whole life just flashed before my eyes, but this is live TV and everything’s OK.
“I thought I was in a safe spot but clearly, we might need to move the camera over a bit.”
While Ms Yorgey readjusted and repositioned the camera, Mr Irr explained there is “a lot of confusion” from drivers of emergency vehicles “about where to go” when there’s a water main break.
Once Ms Yorgey had just about regained her composure – as much as you can after being hit by a car – she said: “That woman was so nice, though. She knew me and said it was an accident, I know it was, and I’m OK. Everything’s fine.
“But again, Tim, we’ll get back to the report, right? We’re on Roxalana Hills Driver in Dunbar. This is where that water main break is and this is what happens sometimes in these cold weathers.”
Twitter users were quick to heap praise and well wishes onto Ms Yorgey following the “harrowing” incident:
to be clear I will not tolerate Tim Irr slander on this timeline, his monitor is a teleprompter and not showing him what is on the air and thus he had no idea what had happened
If you just go down the list of replies, retweets, etc... you will find that there are essentially zero local journalists surprised that she is in this situation. Everyone sad. No one shocked. This is how reporters are treated.
Also why the heck aren't there TV monitors so the anchors can see what is being shown on TV?? I thought that was a normal thing that stations have in their studios.
— Anthony D'Agostino (@Anthony D'Agostino)
a lot of issues here that really highlight my frustration with certain things in the news industry. I\u2019m just happy she\u2019s well & off to another station. But for (some) newsroom managers - let\u2019s use this as a lesson. Safety in the field is most important.https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1484027271753183234\u00a0\u2026
This is makes me ill. Running her own liveshot on the side of the road at night, instead of cutting her feed immediately when she\u2019s hit & the camera goes down the station leaves her up live to keep reporting after being hit by car ??? I just\u2026worry about what TV news has become.https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1484027271753183234\u00a0\u2026
Tori, I really, really hope you\u2019re okay. Not only was having her out alone in the dark, in dangerous weather conditions irresponsible but to keep the live shot going after SHE GOT HIT BY A CAR?? So many things wrong here.https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1484027271753183234\u00a0\u2026
This is just ANOTHER reason why no reporter should go LIVE alone. I'm so glad Tori is ok, she's a true superstar for powering through this live hit. She deserves time off and to be checked out by a doctor @WSAZnewshttps://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1484027271753183234\u00a0\u2026
this is a really harrowing clip\n\nand it\u2019s a good opportunity to remind people that in most markets, TV reporters are solo, shooting, editing, lighting and doing everything else themselves, while being paid little to do it. it\u2019s a safety hazard.https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1484027271753183234\u00a0\u2026