Oaklawn Man Rides Out Storm In Home; Lands In Tree

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Despite a trail of devastation following the weekend’s severe storms, there is joy. No Kansans lost their lives when dozens of tornadoes touched down in the heartland.

But Chris Vance said it was the hand of God that saved him as a tornado tore through his Oaklawn home Saturday. He rode out the storm in his mobile home, and landed in a tree about 100 feet from his home.

“It happened so quick,” Vance said. “I remember something hit me under my ribs. I went flying.”

Vance said he opened his eyes to see his toilet above his head, hanging upside down.

“I dug my way out and around and went over to the shelter,” Vance said. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He suffered broken ribs, a broken thumb and a few bumps and bruises.

“He shouldn’t be alive, but it’s a miracle he survived,” said Benjamin Daily.

Vance agreed it was a miracle he lived through the disaster. He said angels helped keep him safe.


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