Wind rips off roof, traps Jellico woman inside car

Wind rips off roof, traps Jellico woman inside car

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Strong winds are to blame for ripping a roof off of a building, and slamming it onto a woman's car while she was still inside. Strong winds are to blame for ripping a roof off of a building, and slamming it onto a woman's car while she was still inside.
"I feel very lucky that the wind didn't pick me up," Chadwell said. "I feel very lucky that the wind didn't pick me up," Chadwell said.
Chadwell says she sat in her car, completely buried in debris, for about 15 minutes before rescue workers were able to reach her. Chadwell says she sat in her car, completely buried in debris, for about 15 minutes before rescue workers were able to reach her.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


JELLICO (WATE) - Strong winds are to blame for ripping a roof off of a building, and slamming it onto a woman's car while she was still inside.

It happened Monday afternoon while Patty Chadwell was driving to work along Main Street in Jellico.

"I feel very lucky that the wind didn't pick me up," Chadwell said.

Authorities say the building was being used for storage, so they don't think anyone was inside. The street was closed for several hours while crews worked to clean up debris.

"My main fear was, even though things kept falling on the car, my windows were breaking and shattering and glass was flying, that there would be a semi or something that would come up on me that would run over me. They wouldn't know I was there because I knew it was pitch black. I know I was completely covered," Chadwell said.

Misty Dople saw the whole thing happen.

"All of a sudden you heard a loud explosion is what it sounded like, and when we looked over debris was just flying through the air into the road and we didn't know at that time if there was anyone in the road or the building, so it was pretty scary," Dople said.

"Everything was covered. I was covered completely. It was like a box had come off of that roof and it just sat down over my car and other things came flying off of it and they kept hitting that and they were pushing in on my windows and breaking them and it was splintering, glass was flying," Chadwell said.

Chadwell says she sat in her car, completely buried in debris, for about 15 minutes before rescue workers were able to reach her.

"He said, 'Can you walk?' and I said, 'I don't think I can.' I was so shook up," Chadwell said.

"I saw the ambulance come on the scene and I saw an officer and they were throwing rubble off of the vehicle and they pulled the lady out and they scooped her up and they carried her. Her legs were dangling. She seemed to be unconscious the way she was laying in his arms. It looked really heroic," Dople said.

Chadwell says she's still shook up, but she's thankful she was not injured.


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