Texas Reporter who Survived Live Truck Accident Shares Story for the First Time (Video)

Aug 1, 2004

On June 8th, 2004 KBTX reporter Jennifer Cavazos, photojournalist Matt Moore, and two interns were assigned to cover a gas well accident in rural Robertson County Texas. After gathering video, they drove to a known live location in nearby Hearne. They were setting up for a tape feed for KBTX's 6PM newscast. Moore raised the mast to tune in, while standing outside the truck. While raising the mast, the truck came into contact with overhead power lines. Moore was electrocuted and critically injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Cavazos and the two interns escaped the vehicle alive. Cavazos and the interns hopped away from the truck and ran to safety to call 911. On August 23rd, with Moore's parents in attendance, Cavazos spoke at a live truck safety seminar put on by Austin Energy in Austin, TX. Her emotional and compelling description of the incident can be viewed here. She wants her story to be told. She hopes that those involved in electronic news gathering will hear her words and look up and live.