Bridge Splits During Live News Broadcast As Reporter Covers Impact Of Storm Eta
A shocking video shows a bridge collapse part way through a live news broadcast after being battered by Storm Eta.
News reporter Amber Roberts was covering the impact of the storms for Fox 46 in North Carolina. She and photojournalist Jon Monte were standing on Hiddenite Bridge discussing the impact of the flooding caused by the storm when the structure actually split.
In the report, she was saying: "This road, this bridge, is literally sinking.
"Take a look at the ground, you can see it caving in."
She carried on speaking but was then interrupted when they bridge began to split.
She continued: "This is incredibly scary. OK, we're backing up, we're backing up. Just right here, live on TV, we saw the road collapse, that same road that we were just standing on seconds ago, so thank God that we are backing up."
Later in the day, Roberts appeared on another news report and discussed what had happened.
She explained: "It was definitely a scary situation for me and my photojournalist.
"We just had to be calm in the moment, to step back and hope for the best, and thankfully we are OK, but what is far from OK is this road."
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Writing on Twitter she said: "I am SO thankful me and my @FOX46News photojournalist, @JonMonteFOX46 are okay.
"I'm sending prayers up to the people of Alexander County impacted by today's flooding."
Colleagues of the pair also took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Janet Parker, senior news producer at the station mentioned the dramatic incident.
She tweeted: "**HEART STOPPING VIDEO** This was terrifying to watch today. Thankful @AmberFOX46mand @JonMonteFOX46 are OK.
"They were just inches away from a bridge collapsing from floodwaters. Flooding can be catastrophic in a second. Praying for the families mourning in Alexander Co tonight."
Storm Eta landed just north of Tampa Bay on Friday before heading to the Carolinas.
In Florida, one person was electrocuted because of the storm, while another seven died in North Carolina.
The storm began as a hurricane, and also made its way through Central America, where it killed more than 200 people.
According to UNICEF, more than 110,000 people were evacuated from their homes, including around 44,000 children. They were taken to temporary shelters in the seven countries that make up the region.
Featured Image Credit: Fox 46
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