Texas tornadoes wallop Schneider terminal, surrounding area

| Tuesday, April 03, 2012

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer and Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter

Two large tornadoes touched down south of Dallas and Fort Worth around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, tossing tractor-trailers in the air and causing heavy damage in the area.

According to CNN, one of the tornadoes stayed on the ground for between 30 and 45 minutes and caused widespread damage near Cleburne, TX, which is south of Fort Worth.

A Schneider National terminal south of Dallas suffered heavy damage. Aerial footage showed a number of 53-foot trailers being lifted hundreds of feet in the air, then crashing back on the ground.

Truck driver John Molitor of Pinedale, WY, had backed into a door at Mapei Corp. in Garland, TX, around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when tornado sirens sounded. A tornado hit about three miles from where he was scheduled to get loaded. He said when the weather was looking rough, he went inside to the office, but all of the office personnel were gone and the lights were off.

“It’s like everybody abandoned ship, but didn’t tell us where they were going,” Molitor told Land Line on Tuesday. “Obviously, they had an emergency plan and a tornado shelter, but said nothing to us drivers at the dock.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, Molitor was still parked at the dock, waiting out the severe weather.

“I have to go through Dallas-Fort Worth and go up 287 toward Denver, so I am still trying to make a strategy to get through this mess,” he said.

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