"We tried to cut her out" neighbor says of Putnam Co. tornado victim
Officials said 18 people died in Putnam County after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the area in the early morning hours of Super Tuesday.
Ryan Myers told
that he was sleeping when the tornado hit. Myers said he woke up and the house was shaking.
By the time he looked out the window, he said the windows were imploding. The roof eventually blew off Myers' home and he said parts of his neighbors home blew into his house. County officials said the tornado decimated everything in its path.
Myers quickly raced to keep his family safe. He told
he tried to get his family to safety in complete darkness. Myers' said their bare feet were stepping on the glass that had blown everywhere.
When Myers realized his family was safe, he ran across the street where he could hear one of his neighbors yelling for help.
When Myers got to his neighbors home, he realized there was serious trouble. Myers said a man next door was trying to save his wife, Jessica Clark. She was trapped underneath the home as it started to collapse.
"The house closed in on her, it tried to suck him into the basement at the same time, and it collapsed on top of her," Myers said.
Myers said he tried his hardest to save the neighbor's wife, but there was nothing he could do.
"We tried to cut her out and dig her out, but we couldn't without the rest of the house falling down," Myers said. "I know these people well, it's horrible. How do you walk away from somebody that's trying to save his wife?"
Family members of the woman who died said she was a young, vibrant woman who worked for the city and was on the fair board.