In a freak accident, a 24-year-old North Carolina TV reporter was seriously injured during a storm-related power outage she was reporting on when two cars collided and one of them hit her, WBTW reports. The reporter, Caroline Vandergriff, had joined the news team in December, as April Bethea and Cameron Steele note in the CharlotteObserver.com.
News 14 Carolina, the team Vandergriff works with, writes that she was shooting video footage of downed power lines in a dark intersection when she was hit. According to a witness, after the crash one of the cars slid across the sidewalk where Vandergriff was filming, briefly sending her into the air, Bethea and Steele write.
News 14 writes:
She remains hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center. She is awake, alert, upbeat and surprised at the attention this accident has generated. Her family flew in from Texas to be with her. All of us at News 14 Carolina and Time Warner Cable have her in our thoughts and prayers. We wish Caroline a speedy recovery and will be with her every step of the way.
Susan Schrock reports for the Star-Telegram that Carolinas Medical Center-Main, where Vandergriff has been in stable condition, was treating her for a fractured skull, broken pelvis, broken arm, and other injuries, her father, Victor Vandergriff, said. “Fortunately,” he said, “the brain trauma turned out not to be as bad as they feared at first.”
Schrock quotes Victor Vandergriff:
‘She didn’t have any opportunity to get out of the way,’ Victor Vandergriff said. ‘She remembers being hit. She saw the car coming at her. Then the next thing she remembers is rain hitting her in the face and she is lying on the side of the street.’ […]
Vandergriff said his daughter has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
‘She was already anxious to go back to work,’ Vandergriff said. ‘She is resilient. She is a fighter. She is feisty. I am confident she will bounce back.’
Image by News 14 Carolina.