Close calls often make for good water cooler stories – and lead articles on a photography news blog.
As we know, photography is often more dangerous than the average person might know but, even among ourselves, we often talk about capturing pictures in a warzone or wildlife photography.
Yet we rarely consider how some routine, on-the-job tasks like shooting for your local news station can end up becoming harrowing experiences out of nowhere.
That’s what happened to Caleb Holder of KCBD NewsChannel 11 as he was videoing a car crash on Slaton highway near Lubbock, Texas, PetaPixel reports.
“I couldn’t remember if I was recording at the time or how the camera was framed. I just saw that trailer coming and knew I had to run away from it. I was looking that direction. That’s where I was focused. That’s when we could hear more tires screeching, and then just barely see headlights coming in through the fog,” Holder said.
Naturally, we’ve got it all on video and you can catch that close call in action by clicking right here.
Reports indicate that one trooper was injured in the crash when he tripped and was hit by the semi though he is doing well and expected to recover.
“As I was running away, I remember looking back and seeing the trooper also running, and then I could see that he had fallen down and that the trailer was coming really close to him.”
“I’ve never seen anything like that in person,” Holder added.
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I saw the footage when it hit the web and I am surprised that there has been very little criticism of the driver of the semi.
With fog that thick, driving at the speed he drove is insane. At the speed he was going, he had no chance of stopping for anything on the road, his only chance was to swerve out into the field. I have been driving in conditions where visibility, due to heavy rainfall, was so low that all cars stopped on the road when the downpour was too great and rolled slowly as soon as the weather permitted.
Holder never should have had to see what happened in the first place if the driver had been doing his job.