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North Carolina Road Collapses During Live News Segment As Reporter Is Standing Just Feet Away

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This week, viewers questioned whether Amber Roberts of FOX 46 News was taking her job too seriously when she reported on the collapsing of a bridge while standing only feet away from the site.

The entire North Carolina region had been hit heavily with storms, rain, and flooding over the course of last Thursday. Though the rains were expected to stop later in the week, they didn’t stop without causing some damage first.

Roberts and her photojournalist, Jon Monte, were in position when Monte began recording their news video.

Roberts took a solid stance, pointing to the area of the bridge that was clearly failing in its integrity.

The whole area was sagging well below the rest of the road, possibly because of the significant flooding experienced recently in the area.

Roberts reported:

“This road, this bridge, is literally sinking. Take a look at the ground; you can see it caving in. This is incred-ibly scary!”

As Roberts spoke, the bridge caved in with her and Monte only feet away from the sagging area, as well as the rushing river below. The video depicted approximately a 6-foot expanse falling into the river and rushing away.

Roberts and Monte quickly corrected, backing away from the break. 

“Okay, we’re backing out. We’re backing out. Just right here, live on TV, we just saw the road collapse, the same road that we were just standing on seconds ago, so thank God that we are backing out.”

Monte then returned to Roberts, who was prepared to report on what it was like to experience the collapse from such a close range. 

“It was definitely a scary situation for me and my photojournalist. We just had to be calm in the moment and just step back and hope for the best. And thankfully, we are okay, but what is far from okay is this road here.”

Some were surprised at Amber Roberts’ level of composure.

Some were simply grateful Monte and Roberts were safe after this experience. 

Others agreed and felt the pair should put their safety before capturing a good story. 

A few viewers were much more critical.

Talk about a scary situation!

Though Roberts and Monte obviously caught something on camera that gives people, particularly North Carolinians, something to talk about, the bridge collapsing hardly would have been worth their safety.

Particularly in 2020, the last thing people need to see is more examples of death or near-misses, no matter the setting.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.