Tornado injures 15, damages buildings in Sedalia

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 3:13 p.m. CDT; updated 3:25 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Joe Horacek of Sedalia surveys the damage to his neighborhood shortly after a tornado sliced through it Wednesday. Horacek said he got sprayed with glass and debris when he looked out a window after hearing the wind and barely made it to the safety of his bathroom. His home, shown in the background, "is gone," he said.

SEDALIA — Homes have been destroyed and trucks overturned by a tornado that heavily damaged a school bus barn and left at least 15 people with minor injuries.

Television images taken from news helicopters Wednesday showed widespread debris in a subdivision where large sections of homes were ripped apart and mobile homes left on their sides.

A spokeswoman for Bothwell Regional Health Center said 15 people were taken to the hospital after the storm with minor injuries.

Dave Clippert, emergency management director for Pettis County, was asking people to stay away from damaged neighborhoods because onlookers are getting in the way of emergency responders.

The Sedalia Democrat reported that school district officials are trying to figure out how to get students home after several buses were damaged.

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