“Chevrolet should immediately replace their Silverado commercials with just this footage.”
That’s what Joel Berry, managing editor of The Babylon Bee, tweeted after seeing a video of a teenage boy driving a red 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 through a tornado in Elgin, Texas.
Footage of the harrowing scene was first captured and posted to social media by storm chaser Brian Emfinger.
The truck — weighing in at 2.5 tons — flipped onto its right side and spun around 360 degrees as debris from the tornado whipped around it. Just moments later, the storm violently flipped the truck back upright, and the driver, estimated to be no more than 16 years old, was able to drive away, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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“This is a story about a red truck and a tornado,” Emfinger wrote in a social media post. “I cannot believe they drove away like that. Tornado crossing the road in front of me near Elgin, TX. The debris is from a mobile home that was destroyed. One person was taken away by ambulance.”
One person even put the stunning video to the music of Bob Seger’s song “Like A Rock,” a homage to the 1992 Chevrolet commercial that used the same song.
Texas meteorologist Avery Tomasco dropped the real-life video into the movie “Twister,” in which the characters drove a red Dodge truck.
“There, fixed it,” wrote Tomasco.
While the parody videos are undoubtedly funny, we are grateful the young man driving the car walked away from the incident with nothing more than a cut on his arm.
Please be in prayer for the residents of Elgin in the wake of this tornado, classified as an EF-2, the fourth-strongest level for a tornado.
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