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ESPN Host Crushed by Falling Piece of Set on Live TV

A sports commentator for ESPN Colombia escaped serious injury after a large segment of studio wall fell on him during a live broadcast this week.

Video of reporter Carlos Orduz being crushed in the back by the heavy equipment went viral online. According to Sports Illustrated, the incident occurred on Tuesday.

Mexico-based reporter Elizabeth Machuca shared the shocking video, which showed Orduz seated as host Francisco Velez walked around him and eventually took a seat at the horseshoe-shaped studio desk.

Seconds after Velez sat down, the wall came crashing down on top of him. A close look appeared to show Orduz completely crushed.

Velez, who was obviously stunned by the accident, kept the show going momentarily before he announced the network would cut to a break.

After the equipment broke, someone off-camera yelled, “tranquilo, tranquilo” — which translates to “calm” in spanish.

Those in-studio and many watching at home likely feared Orduz had sustained massive injuries. After all, vicious hits generally occur outside of sports broadcasting studios in the field of play.

Shockingly, Orduz walked away from the incident almost entirely unharmed, he later said on Twitter.

“To those who wrote to me and greeted me about the accident last night, I must tell you that I am fine, thank God after the medical check-up, of the respective examinations, any issue was ruled out, only a bruise and a blow to the nose (no fracture),” he wrote in Spanish.

Orduz also posted a video message in Spanish in which he stated he was “fine,” and he appeared to be.

Velez, whose face told the story of how devastating the injury could have been, also addressed the set accident on Twitter, writing in Spanish: “A piece of tranquility for everyone. Our colleague Carlos Orduz is well.”

If Orduz didn’t believe in miracles prior to the Tuesday incident, hopefully he does now.

Somehow, he walked away from the ordeal with a bruise to the nose and a story he will surely never forget. Velez might be counting his lucky stars as well, as he had been walking along the wall that collapsed just before Orduz took the full hit.

Of course, there is still one question that is sure to be on the minds of all involved: who installed that wall?

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