Sunday, January 29, 2006

News Crew Injured in Iraq

The thoughts and prayers of the Photog Nation are with fellow news shooter Doug Vogt and ABC co-anchor Bob Woodruff this quiet Sunday morning. Both men received serious injuries earlier when their Iraqi Army convoy vehicle was struck by 'a large Improvised Explosive Device'. It occured in Taji, a volatile region northwest of Baghdad. The two men were in an armored U.S. humvee for a time, then they moved into an Iraqi mechanized vehicle. From assorted reports, via TVNewser:
They were in the lead vehicle of that convoy, apparently standing up in a hatch and filming a report, when a large IED exploded nearby. The explosion was followed by small arms fire. Both men were wearing body armor and ballistic glasses. The men were medevaced to the Green Zone to receive treatment. They were then flown by helicopter to Balad which is about a 20-minute ride from Baghdad," said. Woodruff was reportedly in surgery at 8:15am ET. Both men have head injuries.
Serious news indeed. In today's misguided world, the grim injury of a newly-minted network news anchor will carry far more weight than the similiar fate of thousands of others. No surprise there, but I can't help but think of the guy with the camera on his shoulder and a family back home. Then again, Woodruff has four children of his own. Both are now out of surgery and listed in 'stable' condition - an all too generic term that can mean alot of different things. The next few days will be critical, but hopefully they can soon get back to their loved ones. I only wish the troops could.

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