A TV news anchor in India learned that her husband had been killed in a horrific car crash this weekend as she reported on the incident live on air.
Supreet Kaur, 28, was on camera for IBC24 in Chhattisgarh state on Saturday when a reporter called in details of a crash that had killed three people. He didn’t have the names of the people involved, and a production team at the scene didn’t have the chance to alert her that her husband had been killed, The Indian Express reported.
However, Kaur realized that her husband, Harshad Kawade, could have been in the vehicle based on what the reporter said about the car and location of the crash, The Hindustan Times reported.
A breaking news banner hid Kaur’s face for much of the report. When the camera returned to her, she appeared to hesitate for a split second before continuing.
“For a moment her voice trembled, but she collected herself and carried on reading the news” for another 10 minutes, IBC24 editor-in-chief Ravikant Mittal said Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
The car that Kaur’s husband had been traveling in was apparently hit by a truck from behind, causing significant damage. The two survivors in the car were seriously injured.
Kaur and a co-anchor finished out the news segment, then she left for the crash site. She and her husband had been married for a little over a year.
Colleagues and viewers praised Kaur for her strength, calling her “amazing grace,” “braveheart” and “woman of steel.”
“We stand with our colleague in her pain,” IBC24 said in a statement.
“She is an extremely brave lady,” a colleague said, according to The Hindustan Times. “We are proud of her as an anchor, but what happened today has left us in shock.”