Tom Brokaw Involved in Fatal Car Accident

In this June 15, 2008, file photo, former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, talks with the media about former "Meet the Press" host, Tim Russert, outside NBC Studios in Washington. Brokaw will moderate "Meet the Press" through the November election in the place of the late Tim Russert. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File) AP

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and his wife Meredith were in an accident in New York Friday that resulted in the death of a woman who was thrown from a sport utility vehicle.

Brokaw released a statement this afternoon offering an explanation for what took place. They said the accident occurred around 1:00 p.m.

"The Brokaws were in the far left lane when they noticed a spool of cable bouncing along the far right lane," the statement reads. "Just then, a green SUV in the right lane came up fast and tried to avoid the cable. The driver lost control of her vehicle and slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the Brokaw lane of traffic."

"As the mail truck careened into the Brokaw lane, Tom hit the brakes hard and skidded along the median," the statement continues. "When the mail truck catapulted the median the Brokaw vehicle slid into it. Neither Tom nor Meredith were injured but tragically the driver of the SUV was thrown from her vehicle and killed."

"Tom and Meredith are greatly saddened by this loss of life," it concludes.

CBS radio station 1010WINS has a story posted on its Web site about the accident. It reports that one person was killed and one injured in the crash.

"The female driver of the SUV was ejected from her vehicle and thrown over the highway down to the train tracks below," according to the report. "She was pronounced dead at the scene."

The woman, 28, reportedly worked as a dispatcher for a car service.

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