A photographer’s awareness and quick-thinking helped save the life of a TV news reporter this week. His warning cry allowed the reporter to jump out of the path of a car crash, and it was all caught on camera.
In the 2-minute video above, we see San Francisco Bay Area reporter Alex Savidge deliver a live TV report. 4 seconds in, a car crash happens behind Savidge. Seeing the unfolding danger, photographer Chip Vaughan, the man behind the news camera, shouts at Savidge, allowing him to get out of the way as the cars whiz past where he was just standing.
“KTVU reporter Alex Savidge is nearly hit by a car while delivering a live report,” wrote KTVU in the YouTube video’s description. “He and his photographer are ok!”
The station posted a followup clip of an emotional Savidge hugging and thanking the photographer afterwards:
“I’m not sure what would have happened if my photographer Chip hadn’t yelled at me to move at the last second…he had my back and I’m so thankful for that,” Savidge writes in a Facebook post.
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 8, 2016
He later went on FOX News to “launch his photographer’s presidential campaign”:
Chip For President… This election season, all the focus is on Trump…Cruz…Clinton and Sanders. But I urge you instead to cast your vote for a candidate who will always have your back…I know from experience! Vote #ChipForPresident (Launched my photographer's presidential campaign this morning on Fox News with the crew at Fox & Friends, appreciate them having me on!)
Posted by Alex Savidge KTVU on Thursday, March 10, 2016
Chip Vaughan definitely knows a thing or two about always being prepared as a photographer.