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5/8/2007
ON THE SCENE: Townspeople, truckers still reeling from tornado

May 8, 2007, Greensburg, KS – As townspeople begin to come to grips with the devastation from Friday night’s tornado, reports of what people went through during the storm continue to emerge.

Greensburg Tornado

Photo: Courtesy/Charlie Moyer

About 95 percent of this south-central Kansas town was destroyed by the enormous storm, which was reportedly more than a mile and a half wide.

 

The town – formerly an oil industry hotspot – is home to a large number of truckers, including six OOIDA members and dozens of Land Line readers. One member reported that when dawn broke Saturday a.m., the town was demolished and along with the buildings, it was littered with the twisted wreckage of cars, farm machinery and semi trucks. Emergency crews have now removed most of those smashed tractors and trailers, due to hazmat concerns.

The storm killed eight people in Greensburg and two people in other nearby communities. Almost everyone in the town of 1,500 has been left homeless – including OOIDA member Larry Wingfield and his wife, Barbara. Wingfield said his truck had been destroyed, too.

Wingfield told Land Line his family does not plan to rebuild in Greensburg.

Tomorrow, President Bush will pay a visit to Greensburg, now declared a major disaster area.

– By Land Line staff

Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report

Editor’s note: OOIDA media has a news team in Greensburg, and will be reporting from the scene on this Web site and “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio during the next few days.

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