Charlotte reporter struck in Dilworth wreck
Jan 31, 2013 (The Charlotte Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A News 14 Carolina reporter remained in the hospital early Thursday after being struck at an intersection in Dilworth that was darkened because of storm-related power outages.
Reporter Caroline Vandergriff was in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center-Main, said Jim Newman, news director at News 14 Carolina.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our friend and colleague," News 14 staff said in a news story on Thursday. Vandergriff joined the station in December.
The wreck occurred at the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and East Morehead Street in Charlotte.
On Thursday, the station said Vandergriff was shooting video of downed power lines when she was struck.
A witness told the Observer that Vandergriff was standing on the sidewalk with her video camera just before 9:30 p.m. when the two cars crashed in the intersection. One of the cars slid across the sidewalk where she was filming, briefly sending Vandergriff airborne, the witness said.
Medic responded and transported her to CMC-Main. The crash witness said the reporter was alert and talking while they waited for Medic to arrive.
The Dilworth intersection where the crash occurred was one of several across the city that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police had responded to Wednesday as a result of outages caused by heavy winds and rain that swept through the area.
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