Television viewers in West Virginia were unexpectedly frightened during the news Wednesday night when a reporter was hit by a car during a live broadcast.
Tori Yorgi of WSAZ, NBC’s Huntington affiliate, spoke with host Tim Irr about the weather, including wet roads and a burst water pipe when she was hit by a car.
It looked bad, but she immediately jumped up.
“I just got hit by a car, but I’m fine,” Yorgey told Irr. “I just got hit by a car, but I’m fine, Tim.”
“Well, Tori, this is your first time on TV,” he said.
Irr later went to Twitter explain that his cryptic response was due to him not seeing what happened and relying only on sound.
“This is live for you,” Yorgi said. “Things are good.”
Then the conversation got even weirder. It turns out that this is not the first time Yorgeya has been hit by a car:
Yorgy appears to have been working alone, handling everything for the live broadcast, including fixing the camera after it was knocked over in an accident. She did all this while still talking to Irr.
Yorgey also praised the driver who hit her.
“That woman was so sweet,” said Yorgi. “She didn’t mean to, it was an accident, I know what it was and I’m fine, it’s all right.”
She then ended her live broadcast with a pre-scheduled weather report.
According to Irr, Iorgei was sent to the intensive care unit for a checkup anyway.
“A scary moment for Tori.” He wrote. “She is young, but definitely a professional.”
As Yorgi mentioned during the segment, this was her last week on the job in West Virginia. Starting February 1, she will join ABC affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh.