Pederson said the Hampton Inn near the restaurant was also damaged by the tornado.
He said the tornado cut a path about 200 yards on either side of the Cracker Barrel.
Jerry Lojka, public information officer with the Midwest City Fire Department, said the perimeter of damage ran from about SE 29 to Reno Avenue and from Sooner Road to Air Depot Boulevard. Lojka said emergency assistance included 15 area fire and police departments and other volunteers.
A triage unit was set up next to the drive-through windown of the Eckerd's drug store at SE 15 and Air Depot. The same parking lot served as a command post.
Pederson stood in a mixture of emergency lights and a background of lightning as he reflected upon experience.
"I've been thanking God that nobody was injured," he said. "It's probably taken my job away from me, it's taken my car away from me, but I'm walking."Archive ID: 761624