A severe storm system touched down in Texas this week, with tornadoes and high winds devastating municipalities in the state’s south-central region. While it’s not uncommon for serious tornadoes like this to pick up large objects like cars and trucks, one rather crazy video of a lucky Chevy Silverado driver getting swept up by the storm has gone viral online this week.
This video, which was originally captured by storm chaser and photojournalist Brian Emfinger, shows the driver of a red first-generation Chevy Silverado attempting to drive down a highway somewhere in Central Texas when they are scooped by the tornado. The high winds then pick the vehicle up and flip it over as if it were a Hot Wheels diecast before it spins and lands on its side.
— Brian Emfinger (@brianemfinger) March 22, 2022
As the winds continue to circulate, the truck somehow ends up back on four wheels, at which point the driver decides it would be best to get out of Dodge – even if their pickup is now basically destroyed. With the engine somehow still running, the driver gets back on the gas and continues driving down the interstate with the roof partially caved in and the driver’s side doors severely damaged.
While the first-generation Chevy Silverado has been out of production for quite some time, this video is a testament to the toughness of a Chevy-built truck. It’s also a testament to Texans themselves, with this driver displaying some bravery and quick thinking to keep on driving and get out of the area even after they’ve been swept up by a massive storm.
More than a dozen tornadoes were reported across Texas on Monday, with serious storms also hitting parts of the state on Tuesday, as well. Tornado watches were also in effect throughout Tuesday afternoon for neighbouring states, including eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama.