SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — When we heard about a gas leak downtown Springfield on Friday afternoon, our photographer, Tom Brushway floored it to Worthington Street.
What happened next no one could predict. “I called my producer, I said, ‘hey look, it doesn’t really look like anything’s happening, looks like they’re kind of wrapping it up here, can I come back to the station? He’s like yeah, we got what we need. No less than five seconds later, boom. Next thing I know, I’m just on the ground, lying in glass. There was just debris falling everywhere, and this is the videographer. I’m trying to figure, my camera’s half broken, can I shoot?’”
Tom was one of two civilians hurt. In total, 20 people were injured.
He suffered cuts and bruises to his head, hands, and leg from the flying debris.
In true Tom fashion, he didn’t want to go into an ambulance, afraid he’d be taking the place of a firefighter or someone else who was even closer to the explosion than he was.
So another one of our own, Erin Moran, rushed Tom to Baystate Medical Center.
Now he’s back home recovering with his family. “I do have to say I have to thanks Erin. She’s the one who picked me up, cutting off cruisers to get me to the hospital,” he smiled.
Due to all of this, Tom has gained a lot of popularity in just a couple of days.
Just on Friday afternoon, Tom and I were sitting right here in the newsroom joking about how he didn’t get any Facebook notifications after he returned from vacation. Supposing that you might have to be careful what you wish for.
“Now I probably had 50 comments and likes in the past 2 days, not to mention texts. My text message thing has been full a few times. I guess it’s nice to know that people care about you. It’s different,” he said.
In all, Tom-asaurus Rex, lover of all things ’90s is, most importantly, okay.
“I’m going to be careful the next time a producer sends me out to something. ‘Guys, I don’t know if I want to do that’, he laughed. “Something lucky happened down there. It was Thanksgiving weekend, a lot to be thankful for,” Brushway said.
Tom should be back to work tomorrow.