Tornado Rips Through Central Indiana, Several Injured
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A tornado ripped through central Indiana on Thursday evening, injuring several people, authorities said.
The storm damaged buildings, tore roofs off houses and downed power lines, causing power outages in southern Johnson County.
The State Emergency Management Agency said it could not immediately confirm that a twister had touched down.
A touchdown was first reported in Ninevah, then a few minutes later in Edinburgh, about 5 miles to the east. The towns are about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.
″It took off roofs,″ said Greg Stinson of the Edinburgh Town Council. ″There are live power lines everywhere.″
During the storm, two tractor-trailer trucks crashed on Interstate 65 outside Edinburgh, said Ken Banta, a member of the Edinburgh Town Council. At least one driver was injured and taken to a hospital, said Edinburgh Police Chief Ron Beier.
No other details were immediately available.
Banta said several people in Edinburgh sustained minor injuries, the most serious when glass struck one of them in the eye.
The storm also swept through the northern edge of the Camp Atterbury military complex, a training facility for the Indiana National Guard and the Army Reserve. Ten guardsmen received minor cuts and bruises, said Alden Taylor, a spokesman for the State Emergency Management Agency.
Doug Garrison, chief of Ninevah Fire Department, said the tornado destroyed a home and a barn, and at least five other homes had their roofs blown off.
″People apparently sensed it coming and hid inside the house somewhere,″ Garrison said.
Earlier Thursday, a tornado damaged buildings in Vigo County, about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis, officials said.