BARRINGTON, R.I. – Two members of the television crew at the U.S. Women’s Amateur were hospitalized Thursday morning after an SUV ran into a tractor transporting a movable camera platform.
Moriya Jutanugarn prepares to hit her tee shot at No. 17 during the Round of 32. She defeated Amy Anderson to advance.
Stephanie Kono hits a bunker shot at No. 13 during the Round of 32. Kono advances after defeating Lydia Ko.
Cindy Ha with her caddie during the Round of 32. Ha defeated Jaye Marie Green to advance.
Amy Anderson reacts to missing her putt at No. 18 losing to Moriya Jutanugarn during the Round of 32.
Annie Park hits her tee shot at No. 15 during the Round of 32.
Lydia Ko congratulates Stephanie Kono after Kono won 3 & 2, during the Round of 32.
Amy Anderson during the Round of 32 at the U. S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Annie Park and her caddie/mother, Young Park, during the Round of 16. Park lost to Erynne Lee.
Stephanie Kono during the Round of 16 at the U. S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She defeated her teammate Tiffany Lua.
Ariya Jutanugarn acted as caddie for her sister Moriya Jutanugarn during the Round of 16 at the U. S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Ariya lost to Lindy Duncan but helped her sister defeat Victoria Tanco.
Danielle Kang during the Round of 16. Kang defeated Ha to make the Quarterfinals.
Erynne Lee pumps her fist as she defeated Annie Park during the Round of 16.
Tiffany Lua during the Round of 16. Lua lost to her UCLA teammate Stephanie Kono.
Brooke Pancake during the Round of 16. Pancake defeated Nicole Morales.
Moriya Jutanugarn, right, and her sister, Ariya, acting as caddie during the Round of 16. Moriya will play Casey Danielson in the Quarterfinals.
The accident occurred on Nayatt Road, just off of the 15th tee at Rhode Island Country Club. The driver of the SUV left the scene, according to Golf Channel production manager Jack Trigg. Two Golf Channel employees hopped into a truck of their own and chased the driver, Trigg said. They called the police to report his license-plate number. Trigg said the man was taken away in handcuffs.
Golf Channel cameraman Brian Quinn was strapped via safety harness into the spider tower and suffered facial injuries when his camera whipped around and hit him in the left side of the face. Trigg said the camera was destroyed. Trigg said the crew members were a split second from more serious injury. He expects Quinn to be back to work Friday.
The driver of the tractor, Jeremy Buckingham, also was transported to a local hospital, reportedly with back pain. He’s a contract worker for M.B. Network Towers.
“When this happens to someone, it’s like family,” said Trigg, who noted that up to 100 crew members will be working on the telecast on show days. “We’re a very close-knit group.”