Aaj.tv Logo

US TV reports gets struck by car live on air - and gets back up to continue reporting

21 Jan, 2022
Tori Yorgey was struck by a car as she was reporting live on air in West Virginia. Screengrab
Tori Yorgey was struck by a car as she was reporting live on air in West Virginia. Screengrab

News hurts. And it certainly did for Tori Yorgey who was reporting live from West Virginia on Wednesday night when she was struck by a car and returned on air a few seconds later to continue reporting. While she's being heralded for "rebounding" to finish her report, it's also raised concerns about the hazards journalists face doing their job.

Yorgey was to the anchor in the NBC affiliate WSAZ station, when she gets hit by a car, falls to the floor and says "wow I got hit by a car...I'm good, it's all good."

The video of her being struck and the subsequent conversation has gone viral.

In the clip, the driver who hit her is heard apologizing, and Yorgey replies, “Ma’am, you're so sweet, and you are OK.”

She then tells the host in the studio: "That woman was so nice, though. She didn't mean to. It was an accident, and I know it was."

While many have taken to Twitter to say they're glad she's OK some journalists have used the opportunity to comment on the state of the media.

Allison Morrow tweeted "Many are missing that this reporter works for one of the largest & richest media ownership companies in the country who put her out alone, in the dark, running her own camera, on live TV, unable to pay attention to her surroundings. Why is journalism dying? A great example."

Writer Karen Ho also said it spoke about the ill state of journalism.

Yorgey, 25, told NBC News on Thursday that she's feeling fine except for a little soreness in her back and her right leg.

"I got checked out, no broken bones. They said I’ll be sore for a little,” she was quoted as saying.