Fox News anchor Bret Baier became emotional on Tuesday while speaking on air about surviving a potentially fatal vehicle crash with his family.
At the end of his Fox program “Special Report,” Baier told viewers about the traumatic car accident he and his family suffered last weekend while driving to the airport after a skiing trip.
Baier said that he, his wife, and their two sons were “involved in a major car crash” and that a man named Zach stopped and helped after their vehicle flipped into a ditch after being hit by another car.
The Fox host said the first responders and Montana Highway Patrol were incredible and made sure his family made it to the hospital quickly.
“My advice to everyone is to always wear your seatbelt and to count your blessings everyday,” Baier added.
While explaining what happened, Baier became visibly emotional and shed tears as he thanked first responders and everyone for their heroic efforts to help his family.
“I don’t usually give advice, but everyone should count your blessings; my family is tonight,” Baier began. “My wife Amy and sons Paul and Daniel went skiing in Montana this weekend” and got into an accident on the way to the airport.
Baier recalled the incident:
I drove the family Monday morning to the airport in Bozeman and it was snowing, and the roads were icy, and approaching an intersection just two miles from the airport, I hit a big patch of ice and I could not stop our SUV. We slid into an intersection of a busy road and into the path of big pickup truck, which slammed into our driver’s side door; the airbags deployed, the windows shattered, we careened into a ditch and flipped sideways. And I started to try to push open the passenger door to try to get us out. Then a man held open the door so we could climb out. Zach Black was driving by. He just stopped to help us. We climbed out. The driver of the pickup truck, David, had called the police and EMS, and was concerned about our family first and foremost. Montana highway patrol quickly arrived. EMS, paramedics from Belgrade and Bozeman arrived quickly, too. And we escaped with minor injuries: a concussion, 14 stitches on a chin, a jostled tooth, and a sprained ankle.
“We are very blessed,” Baier continued,pausing several times to wipe tears from his eyes.
“Thank you, Zach Black. And for all the Zachs across the country who stop. Thank you, David. Thank you, Montana highway patrol, and EMS personnel. You are all amazing,” he added.
The anchor then read a tweet that he posted on Monday, which said: “Don’t take anything for granted – every day is a blessing — and family is everything. It’s always good to remind yourself of that — before something does it for you. #countyourblessings.”
Don’t take anything for granted – every day is a blessing – and family is everything. It’s always good to remind yourself of that – before something does it for you. #countyourblessings
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 21, 2019
“And I meant it,” Baier said of the tweet as tears fell on his face.
Watch the emotional clip below:
Baier said his family is fine, but wanted viewers to know how appreciative he is for the first responders and heroes who helped them.