TV Reporter Tori Yorgey Hit by a Car Live On-Air, Continues To Broadcast

A TV reporter shocked viewers by being knocked down by a car during a live broadcast in Dunbar, West Virginia.

WSAZ-TV reporter Tori Yorgey was struck by a car while being introduced by studio-based anchor Tim Irr. Yorgey quickly got to her feet and explained to viewers that she was okay before continuing the broadcast.

"I just got hit by a car, but I'm OK, Tim," she said.

"I'm OK, we are all good, you know, that is live TV for you.

"I actually got hit by a car in college too just like that, I am so glad that I am okay."

Yorgey then picked up the camera that had been knocked over during the collision so the audience could see she was uninjured.

Talking to a person off-screen, the reporter reassured people that she was OKbefore talking to Irr again.

"Were you bumped down low Tori or were you hit up high? I couldn't really tell from looking at you," Irr asked.

The reporter then asked a bystander whether they saw where she was struck by the car.

"I don't even know Tim, my whole life just flashed before my eyes but this is live TV and everything is okay," the reporter continued.

She added: "I thought I was in a safe spot but clearly we might need to move the camera over a little bit."

Irr clarified that Yorgey was in an area with a lot of emergency vehicles after a water main break. He noted that in these situations there can be a lot of confusion from people about where to go. Yorgey insisted the driver did not mean to hit her and continued with her broadcast.

The clip has been shared on social media by multiple reporters who have praised Yorgey for her professional attitude and dedication to continuing despite the collision.

Some comments took aim at Irr and the WSAZ-TV studio, however. Comments on Twitter remarked that Irr did not show significant concern for his co-worker while others argued cameras should have cut away from Yorgey.

Irr addressed some comments regarding his lack of visible reaction in a Tweet.

"On the contrary. I couldn't see what happened. Only audio. Then, I wasn't truly convinced she was ok," he wrote after being asked about having "zero reaction."

Replying to another comment he wrote: "Even though she jumped right up and said she was ok. I was still concerned.

"Trying to remain calm at the moment was not easy for all involved. But we tried to the best of our ability. In hindsight, I'm grateful they stayed with her to make sure she was indeed ok."

Newsweek has contacted WSAZ-TV for comment.

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The moment reporter Tori Yorgey was struck by a car during her broadcast. She quickly stood up and insisted she was uninjured and continued her broadcast. WSAZ-TV