Phoenix TV reporter injured in vehicle crash


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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 6:34 AM

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PHOENIX -- A reporter from KPNX-TV (12News) was seriously injured Tuesday when the station SUV she was riding in was hit by another SUV, according to a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

Kim Covington was partially pinned in the vehicle after it rolled onto the passenger side near 12th and Van Buren Streets. She was the most seriously injured of those involved.

"Thankfully Kim was talking with the firefighters and with the police officers that were here to get her out of that and to provide her with aid," said Sergeant Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

Sgt. Crump said the crash was caused by the driver of a black SUV.

That driver was northbound on 12th Street when he tried to turn onto Van Buren Street.

After hitting the KPNX news vehicle the black SUV crashed into a passenger car being driven by an adult female.

Covington was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

"I think we're going to be very fortunate given the mechanism of the collision that one of our friends and coworkers and somebody that we work with out here every day is going to be okay," said Sgt. Crump.

Mike Falvo, the KPNX photographer who was driving the news vehicle, was not seriously hurt.

The woman in the passenger car was also taken to a hospital. She did not have serious injuries.

The driver accused of causing the wreck was treated at the scene.

The road was closed for some time while police investigated and crews worked to clean up the crash.