When it comes to live reporting, anything can happen. Most TV journalists have encountered the mild annoyance of a background heckler but few have been met with a life or death situation. Even fewer have had it all captured live on camera like this California reporter for KTVU.
According to the station, Alex Savidge was covering the train derailment in Alameda County while standing near the side of the road in a 7-Eleven parking lot. That’s when a car crashed and veered right in his direction. Photographer Chip Vaughan yelled for him to get out of the way and he jumped to the right at this last second, narrowly avoiding being run over. Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident.
"It happened in a split second. I'm just thankful he jumped the right way." Vaughan said. For his next segment, Savidge told audiences he was happy to be alive. "I am grateful to be ok, that's all I can say, he said.
The accident appears to have been caused by a sedan turning right into the path of another car and t’s crashed. The woman driving reportedly hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, sending her right toward Savidge. Thankfully, he had fast legs, an observant photographer and a world of luck on his side that day.