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McLoud driver survives Oklahoma tornado lifting, then dropping her vehicle

McLoud resident Doresa Byus was on her way home Monday night when a tornado lifted her vehicle, then dropped it. The back window was shattered and houses on both sides of the road around her were demolished, but Byus survived unscathed.

BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: May 12, 2010 at 12:23 am •  Published: May 12, 2010

The tornado had spun the SUV in a circle, Byus said. She pulled shingles out from under her windshield wipers and looked around. Houses on both sides of the road were destroyed, but Byus was unhurt.

Several other drivers who were in the tornado’s path also were OK, she said. Power lines were down in front of them and emergency workers blocked the road behind.

Byus’ husband, Claude, who is a layout manager for the pressroom at The Oklahoman, feared the worst. He had been trying to call his wife since he heard about a tornado that touched down near Choctaw Road — not far from where she was driving. Claude Byus said he was going to tell his wife to get off the road, but the signal wouldn’t go through. He set out to look for her as soon as the storms passed.

He reached the point where the road was blocked, just over the hill from his wife. He was turning around to find another way when she called. She managed to tell him she was OK before the signal cut out, he said.

"I know that God just kind of had his hand on her right then,” Byus said. "That’s our belief. All I can say is thank you.”

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