Granger man injured as severe storms damage barn with priceless motorcycles

By: Barbara Harrington Email
By: Barbara Harrington Email

A Granger man was injured after the barn he was working in collapsed under the weight of falling trees, crushing over $100,000 of motorcycles and vehicles inside.

When 13-year-old Mariah Himes saw trees outside starting to shake, she knew it was time to head to the basement.

After reaching the haven, one person was missing. She had originally thought her dad was at work but learned otherwise when she ran upstairs to grab her phone charger.

"My dad came through the door and his head was bloody and he said, 'The barn.' He was shaking and stuff and he was like, 'The barn, the barn' and I turned and I went to see what happened and the barn was crushed," said Himes.

Many of the motorcycles and cars in and around the barn were custom made said Himes, her father's Indiana Road Master Chief motorcycle is one of two in the entire world.

That motorcycle is just one of many items that can't be replaced something the neighbors echo.

On Branchwood Lane in Granger, three trees fell on a house destroying the master bedroom and bathroom in addition to damaging carpet and siding.

While both families said the experience overall was scary, it is proof it does not take a severe weather to turn life upside down.

"Before you go to bed tell your family that you love them because you never know what can happen in the morning," said Himes.

Himes' father suffered a gash to his head and is recovering.

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