People Are Cheering Over Video Of Reporter Saving Driver Trapped In Sinking Truck On Live TV

The station she was broadcasting from flooded while the story broke.

By Eric Shorey

As assessments on the damage from Hurricane Harvey continue to roll in, harrowing and heartwrenching stories are now emerging from Texas. For example, live television crews filmed and participated in the rescue of truck driver stranded in a vehicle, slowly filling with water.

According to The Daily Beast, KHOU reporter Brandi Smith was reporting on the scene in Houston when she noticed a truck slowly filling with water on the road. Smith saw a driver was trapped inside and flagged down a Harris County Sheriff’s Office truck, alerting them of the situation. The entire event was caught by cameramen. 

As the sheriffs began to put their boat in the water for the rescue operation, they noted that someone last year had died in the exact same spot: “We had to dive for him because he passed away and went underwater,” said the officer.

Smith's reporting on the situation was interrupted by the flooding of the KHOU station. Moments after the rescue began, KHOU went off the air due to the storm.

Smith managed to capture the rest of the operation on camera and shared the footage on social media.

Brandi has since shared her reaction to the ordeal on Twitter:

Meanwhile, Twitter hailed the reporters and crew as heroes:

Smith and the driver reportedly hugged when the rescue was completed.

[Photo: Twitter @meetmissjoness]

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