NEW YORK — Fox News Channel rushed to apologize Wednesday after showing footage of a man thrown from his pickup when the truck crashed, following a high-speed police chase in southeast Texas.
FNC picked up a live affiliate feed of the chase around 11:30 a.m. ET. Roughly 10 minutes later, Allen Russell Davis drove his truck over spikes set out by authorities on Interstate 10, causing him to veer off the road and crash into an embankment.
When the pickup flipped, viewers could see Davis being ejected from the vehicle. The camera then zoomed in on Davis.
“Let’s get off of this right now,” Fox News anchor David Asman said.
“We’re sorry. Sometimes we have a tape delay to avoid some of the more gruesome pictures. This time we didn’t get in there fast enough. We apologize,” Asman said.
Davis, of Dallas, was transported by helicopter to the hospital. Police said he was conscious, complaining of back and head injuries. His condition was not known as of late Wednesday.
The chase began after Davis was stopped for a traffic violation. He told police he would rather kill himself than be taken alive.