Storms Leave 4 Dead in Oklahoma; Infant Among 3 Killed When Wind Destroys Mobile Home
Fierce thunderstorms with strong winds tore through Oklahoma, killing a truck driver and a family whose mobile home was flipped into a creek.
One storm rolled in so fast, a couple in Nowata County had no time to reach a storm shelter on their property before wind picked up their mobile home, carried it about 100 yards and dropped the wreckage into a creek, sheriff’s deputy Rick Harper said Saturday. The mobile home “basically disintegrated,” he said, and the couple and their grandchild were killed. Their bodies were found in the water after a two-hour search.
The family’s names have not been released, but Harper estimated the child was about 4 months old.
A Missouri truck driver also was killed when wind flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall, trapping him inside for nearly three hours near Afton in Ottawa County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Jimmy King, 70, of Ash Grove, Mo., died at the scene of massive injuries, troopers said.