A Tampa, Florida, reporter learned the scary way that, yes, anything really can happen on live TV.
In the middle of her story on rising gas prices, a car and taxi smashed into each other right behind her. People at home watched it happen just over her shoulder, and everyone could hear the gut-wrenching smack of metal on metal and the screeching of tires. Everyone, it seems, except for the reporter, WFLA’s Adrienne Pedersen.
Pedersen wrapped up her report, there was an awkward silence, and then the anchor jumped in and asked Pederson if she saw what just happened. Pedersen looks over her shoulder and says awkwardly, “I didn’t, but now I did.”
Pedersen later explained that she heard something, but she didn’t know what it was until she could turn around. Then all she wanted to do, she says, was get off the air and check on the people in the cars.
Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. One of the drivers had to go to the hospital with minor injuries. And with the violent collision so close to them, it’s clear Pederson and her camera crew dodged a bullet too.