Weather Channel’s Tornado Truck Tossed 200 Yards, Causing Channel’s First Injury From Violent Weather

Jun 3, 2013  •  Post A Comment

The Weather Channel’s tornado hunt trunk was tossed 200 yards by a twister with a meteorologist and two photographers inside, but meteorologist Mike Bettes and the crew walked away from the wreck, reports TVNewser.

The report comes after the star of Discovery’s "Storm Chasers" died amid an outbreak of tornadoes in Oklahoma, as previously reported. Tim Samaras, 55, died with his son, Paul, 24, and his friend Carl Young, 45, as they chased a tornado.

Bettes suffered minor injuries from his close call, including stitches in his hand, the New York Post reports. A network spokesman said it was the first time a personality for the channel had been injured while covering violent weather. Bettes and his crew were trying to escape from a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma.

"That was the scariest moment of my life,” Bettes said. “I had never been through anything like it before.”

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