According to TheNewsTribe’s correspondent Bettes were received minor injuries including stitches in his hand; a day after the SUV that he and two photographers were riding in was thrown 200 yards by a twister in Oklahoma.
It’s the first time one of the network’s personalities has been injured while covering violent weather, spokeswoman Shirley Powell said.
“That was the scariest moment of my life,” Bettes said. “I had never been through anything like it before, and my life passed before my eyes.”
Bettes said it felt like the vehicle tumbled over several times and was floating in the air before crashing to the ground.
The Weather Channel quickly posted video of the experience since the team kept cameras rolling throughout. The tape largely showed a black screen with audio of crashes until it came to rest with the picture sideways.
It was perhaps a warning sign of the dangers inherent in the trend of tornado chasers. Storm hunters driving specially equipped cars and racing to get video of tornadoes touching down have become an expected byproduct of severe weather outbreaks, and some have even gotten their own TV shows.