UPDATE: Storm Blows Roof Off Schools, Knocks Over Semi-Truck

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Monday, July 22, 2013

One thunderstorm with strong winds and hail tore through three counties, including Reno, Sumner and Kingman.

Sumner County Emergency Management reports Argonia's elementary and high schools had parts of their roof torn off. There were also power outages throughout the county and significant roof damage in the area.

Officers told KAKE News Argonia Road was shut down from 90th Avenue to U.S. Highway 160. Downed power lines, police and tree limbs are reportedly blocking much of the road.

The same storm that knocked down power lines and tree limbs in Kingman County also flipped Randy Perry's semi-truck, with a 37,000 pound freight, over on its side.

“It was a little scary. It was scary,” Randy Perry said.

Perry's been driving trucks for 25 years. He says when the storm rolled in, he knew he was in trouble.

“Pitching to the left and right, and then I see the discoloration and the sky turn real fast, and that was it. I was on my side within seconds,” Perry said.

He says he was trapped inside the cab of his truck, with no way to get out.

“I thought I was a strong guy and there was just no way I could kick out the windshield, and it was frightening because if a fire would have started well I definitely wouldn't have been here talking to you today,” Perry said.

Perry says he was stuck inside for about half-an-hour waiting for help to arrive. The whole time, the storm continued to blow past his truck.

“The wind and the hail was so strong and loud,” Perry said.

Perry says the fire department showed up and cut a hole through his windshield so he could crawl out. While he says the accident was the scariest experience he's had on the road, he says he's doing fine.

“All in all, a couple of scratches on my leg from the glass but other than that, I'm solid,” Perry said.

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