Remember something Red Chevrolet Silverado was caught in a tornado in Elgin, Texas, yesterday? The winds blow vans zigzag and then let the truck turn around, the driver pressed the gas and ran away. Based on TV station Elgin KXAN, the driver left the truck in Elgin, which would have led to every local store camping in the bushes to wait for the driver to return. Of course, they found him: Riley Leon, 16 years old.
In an interview with KVUELeon said he was leaving a job interview in Elgin, missed two turns, and then “out of nowhere, the tornado hit and it took hold of me.”
Leon told the TV reporter that the tornado got him to grips with it even before what we see in the video. “There was a ditch, and it got me there, got me out and got me out onto the street, and that’s where I turned with the truck.” The man debunked him “like a carnival, it’s fast.”
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March 22, 2022
Nor did he intend to drive away; he just managed to stay away from the worst of the wind, then hung around long enough to be assisted by Elgin police and paramedics. The official said Leon had “a scratch or some cuts on his left arm,” which EMTs had bandaged up. “I asked him if he was okay, and he shook his head and didn’t really answer me.”
But hey, he’s a teenager who accidentally fell into a tornado (as opposed to storm chasers who do it on purpose). We wouldn’t be shocked if he remained under the covers in his room in Manor, Texas, staring at a thousand-foot-long wall, instead of trying to give interviews about that experience. .
Based on other stories of destruction in the area, caused by winds of up to 130 mph, Leon got lucky. The damaged truck, he said, was more severe, with “a lot of scratches, a lot of dents, but hopefully I’ll work hard to fix it or buy a new one.” Hope he gets that job in Elgin.