Elgin, Texas (KXAN) — “He was in shock. He was crying.
Briones added that the driver, who is from Manor, is keeping the truck in Elgin, near where the tornado landed, for the time being.
A video of a truck driving through a tornado has gone viral. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have seen it.
Among them is Elgin resident Keith Leschber. He also happens to drive a red pickup truck. It was safely parked at the house when the tornado hit, but when his friends saw the video, they were concerned.
“He saw me and ran up to me. I was like, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘I just want to see if you’re okay. I saw that red truck. , I didn’t know if it was you,” he said.
The driver of the red truck in the viral video suffered only minor injuries.
“He had abrasions and cuts on his left arm,” Elgin Police Department Commander Aaron Crim said. Krim pointed to his Facebook post by Briones on the track and said it was identical to what he saw at the scene.
Below is an image of what the truck looks like now.
The windows are blown out. Side panels are dented and scratched. No more rear-view mirrors.
Commander Krim said he spoke with a driver on the side of the road shortly after the tornado hit.
“I asked if he was okay and he shook his head and didn’t answer much,” he said. At that point, Crim hadn’t seen the video yet.
“Now I understand why he was staring blindly. He must have been scared to death.” A woman who identified as an off-duty paramedic wrapped the driver’s arm in her bandages, Krim said.
We are still working to track down the drivers themselves. Police said they believed he was in his late teens or 20s.