WXIA-TV reporter Paul Crawley and my old friend photojournalist Al Ashe had one of my least favorite TV news assignments this morning. They were standing out in the cold and snow telling everyone it was cold and there was snow on the ground. I tried to schedule root canals during snowstorms so I had something more pleasurable to do.
They had a live shot set up in Cobb County, Georgia when a man driving a BMW had a little traction problem on the ice. As you will see in the video, the snow and ice in that spot were soon not a problem. Here’s what WUSA9.com posted about the story (and yes, I know it’s just a car fire):
One unfortunate motorist on Windy Hill Road in Marietta slid backward on the icy road, and tried to spin his tires to get out. That didn’t work out so well for him. His car ended up catching fire — directly across the road from where 11Alive’s Paul Crawley was set up for a live shot on the dangerous road conditions.
The car ended up catching fire on live television as Crawley yelled to the driver to get out.
Cobb County Fire crews showed up to put out the fire, and the hapless motorist was not hurt.