A television news anchor in India experienced the horrifying realization that the fatal car accident on which she was reporting involved her husband’s car, learning of his death in the crash while reporting on it during the live news broadcast.
As reported by the Indian Express, anchor Supreet Kaur of IBC 24 in Chhattisgarh, India, was reading the evening news report when she broke a story involving a car accident in Mahasamund that had left three people dead.
Kaur spoke to a local reporter on the scene, who offered more details but no names. In the midst of the report, Kaur realized that one of the fatalities she was reporting on was her husband. According to the Indian Express, Kaur kept it together and continued the broadcast for another 10 minutes, but then broke down in tears once the cameras were off.
“There were five people in the Renault Duster vehicle that they were travelling in and another unidentified vehicle, most likely a truck, hit them from behind,” a police officer told the Express. “The damage to the vehicle was terrible and three people died with two others grievously injured… [Kaur’s husband] Harshad Kawade, a Raipur resident, was one of them.”
An IBC 24 senior editor, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Express that Kaur’s sense of duty in continuing the broadcast was extraordinary.
“As she read out the news, she found out that it was the vehicle her husband was to travel in in that region on the same day,” said the source. “Even though the reporter on the ground did not give out names, the team could tell that she had found out. The production team had also just found out, but could not tell her as she was live on television.’’
The editor added: “It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept her calm for another 10 minutes. The moment the cameras were off she began calling her relatives and broke down. She left for the accident site after that. Kaur has worked with us for nine years and is one of the most popular anchors in the state. We stand with our colleague in her pain.’’