Tulsa Company's Facility In Alabama Destroyed By Tornado

Friday, April 29th 2011, 3:31 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa-based trucking firm suffered extensive damage to its Birmingham, Alabama terminal in Wednesday evening's storms that tore through several states.

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Melton Truck Lines says several employees traveled to Birmingham to assess the damage and determined the terminal will have to be rebuilt.

There was also substantial damage to some trucks and trailers.

"I was absolutely stunned at the power of Mother Nature. It was an amazing site to see huge steel beams twisted and concrete cinderblocks tossed around. It is also quite a site to see 20,000 lb trucks and 10,000 lb trailers being tossed hundreds of yards simply by the wind," Russ Elliott, Senior Vice President of Operations for Melton, said. "It looked like what you would see if a little kid lined up his toy trucks and then just swatted at them. We are most thankful that our local employees and their families are all okay. Our hearts go out to all the folks in Alabama and the surrounding states that have lost so much."

Melton officials say one employee was in the terminal when the tornado hit, but he was not injured. The rest of the employees had been sent home early because of the weather situation.