MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau man was injured in Thursday morning’s tornado in western McCracken County, Kentucky.
Authorities say James Garner was driving on Highway 62 when the tornado came through.
According to McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter, Garner was driving eastbound on the highway when it became entangled in a grain bin that wrapped his truck up and turned it upside down in the middle of the road.
“Rescue crews from the Concord Fire Department and the sheriff’s department responded and freed him from that vehicle,” Sheriff Carter said. “He just sustained a very minor cut. I want to acknowledge and make clear the almighty hand of God has provided safety to our community.”
Power lines surrounded the truck and first responders had to be cautious because of the threat of electrocution.
“It had a lot of lines laying around, we didn’t know, but I felt pretty certain that given the destructive path, that they were probably pretty de-energized, but you don’t ever know, so I made contact with him, I hollered at him,” Sgt. Rodd Ray with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, said. “He was conscious and alert. We just encouraged him to just stay calm, stay in the vehicle, don’t touch anything.”
Sgt. Ray was one of the first on scene and said Garner was conscious and alert. He said while it took them a while to make sure it was safe to get him out, he was able to crawl out on his own.
Garner reportedly worked for Paducah Power and was on his way to work when it happened.
The McCracken County judge executive issued a State of Emergency for McCracken County.
Three homes were destroyed and thousands were without power after the tornado.