Tornado Tosses Baton Rouge Firefighter, Truck

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 12:19 pm
By: News On 6

A Baton Rouge firefighter is counting his blessings after a tornado hit his pickup truck while he was in it Friday.

The whole thing was caught on surveillance video at a gas station. You can see the white pickup in the top right corner of the screen sitting in the parking lot before the wind slams a nearby tree to the ground, and a second later, the truck goes flying into the air.    

"It picked up my truck like it was a toy and threw it," said Baton Rouge firefighter Dustin Spiess. "The back of my truck lifted up and I was looking straight at the ground through my windshield."

Spiess said his truck landed fender first on the pavement. He walked away with a few cuts and bruises.