Oklahoma tornadoes: Man swept up in May 24 twister dies

Oklahoma tornadoes: Ron Martin, of Carmen, tried to hide from a May 24 tornado by parking his pickup in a barn, his sons said.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: June 11, 2011
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The latest victim of the May 24 tornado outbreak had nowhere to hide except inside a pickup parked in a barn, his sons said Friday.

Ron Martin, 57, of Carmen, died Thursday from injuries suffered in a tornado that hit the Fairview and Canton areas. He suffered a spinal cord injury that his sons said triggered more complications. He became the 11th person killed in tornadoes that struck at least seven counties that day and the only one to die in the storm that hit near Canton Lake.

His younger son, Kent Martin, said his father was working on the family farm eight miles west of Fairview when hail began to fall. He rushed to the barn in his pickup for safety, Kent Martin said.

“The tornado came through and took the barn with him inside the pickup truck,” said his oldest son, Charles Martin.

Ron Martin was found about 70 feet from the barn, still in the pickup. The vehicle was upright, but it looked like it had gone through a brick wall, Kent Martin said.

He was rushed to a Fairview hospital and then to OU Medical Center.

“He was whispering. We were able to find out some of the details,” Kent Martin said. “That was a pretty emotional time before surgery.”

Kent Martin said his father spent the next two days in intensive care before surgery.

During that time, neighbors and friends helped clean up destruction on the farm.

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