Tori Yorgey: Reporter goes viral for continuing live broadcast even after car hits her
TV reporter Tori Yorgey was on air during a live broadcast in Dunbar, West Virginia when she was knocked down by a car. The WSAZ-TV reporter was getting introduced by studio-based reporter Tim Irr when a car hit her. However, Yorgey barely took much time before getting back up on her feet. She explained to viewers that she was fine and okay to go ahead with the broadcast. "I just got hit by a car, but I'm OK, Tim. I'm OK, we are all good, you know, that is live TV for you," she said.
"I actually got hit by a car in college too just like that, I am so glad that I am okay," she also added. She then proceeded to pick up the camera that had been knocked off during the collision and showed the audience that she was uninjured. Yorgey was talking to a reporter off-screen but she made sure to convey to the audience that she remained unharmed after the incident.
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Wow, this reporter gets hit by a car, and rebounds to finish the live shot! 😂 pic.twitter.com/dbwKt5N1xc— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) January 20, 2022
"Were you bumped down low Tori or were you hit up high? I couldn't really tell from looking at you," Irr was heard asking the reporter. "I don't even know Tim, my whole life just flashed before my eyes but this is live TV and everything is okay. I thought I was in a safe spot but clearly, we might need to move the camera over a little bit," Yorgey responded to Irr's question.
Irr then asked a bystander if they had seen Yorgey getting struck by the car. Irr later clarified that they had been reporting from an area where there are a lot of emergency vehicles and drivers are usually confused what direction to go in. He also told the audience that the driver had not meant to hit Yorgey. Multiple reporters shared the clip of the incident on social media and praised Tori for her composure, dedication towards her job, and how she collected herself and continued to live cast in spite of just getting hit by a car.
Some comments were directed towards Irr, who a few people claimed did not show enough concern for his coworker in the situation. Some people also argued that the camera should have cut away from Yorgey. However, the WSAZ-TV team are glad that the reporter was okay and did not sustain any serious injuries from the collision.