Local driver recounts terrifying drive through southern Indiana storm

Jeff Chrisly, of Vandalia, takes customer's vehicles from Elkhart and delivers them across the country. On Thursday he took a car down south and was returning home on I-65 when the storm hit.

"I looked to my left, there was a house that was just being dismantled in pieces the wind was so strong. There was a truck coming at me, it flipped the big semi over in the south side and after that it got so dark, the hail got so bad everybody stopped," said Chrisly. "Three cars in front of me was a smaller import car, it picked it up about four foot off the ground and threw it about 25 yards in the field."

The wind pushed Chrisly's full-size pick-up truck several feet, but he managed to keep it on the road.

"It was a scary situation. I didn't know what to do. I was in a position "I've never been in before. I didn't really know what to say or do. I just grabbed the steering wheel and held on. By the time it was over with it was a matter of minutes but it was enough that it took out about three cars that it rolled over. There was a large tree that came across the center median, it landed in the road about 25 foot in front of me that was the scariest part of the whole situation," said Chrisly.

Just as quickly as the storm had moved in, it moved out, but left a large amount of destruction in its path.

"We all got out of the vehicles to try and help the people that were there. The paramedics were there spontaneous. The state police department showed up and did an excellent job. Within twenty minutes there were probably a dozen state police cars trying to help people out," said Chrisly.

Once the situation was under control Chrisly continued his drive north toward Cass County, but he couldn't call his wife to let her know he was okay because the storm knocked out cell phone coverage.

"The only thing I could think about was calling my wife to say I was okay because she knew I was coming this way," said Chrisly.

About an hour north cell phone coverage was restored and he was able to make the call.

Chrisly arrived home safely Friday evening and said he is looking forward to spending the weekend with his wife before leaving on another delivery next week.


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