As GM Authority covered earlier in the week, a new viral video has been circulating the Internet showing one lucky Chevy Silverado driver narrowly escape a tornado after the storm flipped his pickup onto its side. Now, we’re getting a look at the aftermath of the harrowing experience in terms of damage done to the Chevy.
Local NBC-affiliated news outlet KXAN-TV managed to track down the Chevy pickup as well as another motorist that helped the Chevy driver after he escaped the twister.
“He was in shock,” Ruben Briones told KXAN. “He was, you know, crying. He did tell me it was scary.”
Understandable, considering what the Chevy Silverado driver had just experienced. Footage of the pickup shows that the truck is heavily damaged along the body panels, with deep scratches in the red paint from where the tornado spun the Silverado like a top on the pavement. The windows are gone, as are the sideview mirrors.
Miraculously, the driver was physically unharmed, with the exception of some minor cuts and bruises.
The severe storm touched down in the south-central region of Texas earlier this week, drawing storm chaser and photojournalist Brian Emfinger to document the event. While filming the tornado, Emfinger captured the red Chevy Silverado as it was flipped and spun around by high winds while debris swirled through the air.
Incredibly, after being rotated on its side, the truck was flipped back onto its wheels, allowing the driver to escape.
Naturally, enthusiasts and fans are pointing to the video as evidence of just how tough the Chevy Silverado really is, with some calling on General Motors to replace the damaged pickup with a brand-new vehicle.
Either way, the driver is undoubtedly just happy to get away with his life after the intense experience.
Over a dozen tornadoes were reported across the state of Texas on Monday and Tuesday, as well. Tornado watches were also put into effect through Tuesday afternoon in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi and western Alabama.