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Tom Brokaw


Tom Brokaw is counting his blessings tonight.

Earlier Friday, the veteran NBC newsman and his wife, Meredith, escaped uninjured from a three-car smashup in the Bronx that left one woman dead.

According to a statement released by the couple, they were in the far left lane on the Bruckner Expressway when the driver of a green SUV, trying to avoid a spool of cable running loose in the right lane, lost control of her vehicle and slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the Brokaws' path.

"As the mail truck careened into the Brokaw lane, Tom hit the brakes hard and skidded along the median. When the mail truck catapulted the median the Brokaw vehicle slid into it," the statement read.

"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."

The SUV had plunged off the highway to the ground below, according to the FDNY, which said that another man was taken by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.


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