ALAMEDA COUNTY (KTVU) - As KTVU reporter Alex Savidge was covering the train derailment in Alameda County on Tuesday morning, a car crashed and careened toward him and his photographer.
Alex was live on Mornings on 2 at that moment. He was standing in a 7-Eleven parking lot on Mission Blvd. at Niles Canyon Road in Fremont.
Alex credits his photographer Chip Vaughan for yelling, "get out of the way." Out of instinct Alex jumped to the right - luckily since the car was on his left side.
"It happened in a split second. I'm just thankful he jumped the right way." said Chip.
The car hit a light stand, as Alex and Chip yelled from the background that they were ok.
In his next live shot Alex was emotional as he said, "I am grateful to be ok, that's all I can say."
He shared a moment with his cameraman Chip, as he hugged and thanked him on the air.
Alex added a message to his wife saying, "I don't know if my wife... she's not watching. I haven't been able to call her. I just want to tell my wife I'm ok."
Fremont police responded to the scene. It appears a white sedan was turning right when it turned into the path of another car. The vehicles crashed. Police believe the woman in the white sedan may have hit the gas, instead of the brakes, which caused the vehicle to careen over a sidewalk toward Alex.
The woman's license was taken away. The crash is still under investigation.
At the time of the crash, Alex was covering the story of a train derailment in Alameda County. An ACE commuter train plunged in a fast moving creek Monday evening in Niles Canyon near Palomares Rd. after a mudslide blocked part of the tracks. At the time of derailment, the train was between Fremont and Pleasanton.
As Alex and Chip returned to the newsroom, they were greeted by a round of hugs.