SHAWNEE — As he sat in his tractor-trailer on Interstate 40, Marco Corr thought he was going to be OK.
And then he watched a tractor-trailer in front of him fall nearly 20 feet onto the roadway below.
Rescue workers pulled Corr from his rig Sunday afternoon after a tornado struck the area.
His truck and trailer lay on its side, resting on the side of a bridge. Corr, who is from Tennessee, was on his way to Amarillo, Texas.
At least three tractor-trailers and four other vehicles were thrown about the area.
Law enforcement officials said four people were taken from the I-40 and U.S. 177 area to hospitals.
Corr and his pit bull puppy, Blue, stood on the bridge near Corr's tractor-trailer. Corr cut his hand on glass while getting out of his truck, but other than that, he was OK, he said.
“I'll probably be sore later, but I'm good right now.”
Corr wasn't sure how long he was stuck inside his truck.
“I had my seat belt on,” he said. “I was scared to move.”
About 200 yards from the overturned rigs and wreckage, Wesley Little stood outside his destroyed home, drinking a cold beer, keeping an eye out for looters.
Eight people and four dogs sought shelter in Little's basement. They listened below as the tornado destroyed the home that Little and his family had lived in for about 25 years.
“We got down just about the time it got to I-40,” Little said. “After that, everything broke loose.”
Little's mother Emma McAdams lived in a manufactured home behind her son's house. On Sunday, the home sat upside down among splintered trees.
“I told them while we were down there, ‘We are going to lose everything we have, but as long as we have our lives, that's all that matters.'”
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate.... read more ›