Austin TV reporters covering winter weather involved in wrecks
Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 24, 2014
Austin journalists were out and about Thursday night, cruising through some of the roughest spots in Central Texas to provide updates on the winter weather hitting our area.
Melanie Lofton, a reporter at CBS affiliate KEYE, reported that a station vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash on U.S 183.
Damage to the KEYE SUV was minor — a mangled bumper and a cracked headlight — and Lofton and her photojournalist were, thankfully, not injured.
“Man!!! It’s rough out there,” Lofton tweeted. “I’m so grateful I’m home safe. I hope everyone else is as fortunate.”
A news crew from KVUE lucked out and slid between wrecked cars — without hitting anyone — along MoPac, according to tweets from weekend anchor and reporter Kris Betts.
Betts, however, said on Twitter that she slid on ice and twisted her ankle.
On NBC affiliate KXAN, reporter Kevin Schwaller tweeted that he was diverted off MoPac near 45th Street after, he said, multiple wrecks occurred.
All of Austin’s TV stations — KEYE, KTBC, KVUE and KXAN — plan to start their morning newscasts earlier than usual, at 4 a.m., to help guide Central Texans to work and school in potentially dangerous wintry weather.