22 People Survive Deadly Tornado Inside Vault As Bank Destroyed Around Them
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MOORE, Okla. (CBS Houston/AP) — More than 20 people are lucky to be alive after taking shelter inside a bank vault during Monday’s deadly tornado in Moore, Okla.
Fourteen employees and eight customers rode out the EF-5 tornado inside the bank vault at the Tinker Federal Credit Union branch. When they were rescued two hours later, all that remained was the vault as the bank was totally decimated.
“We are so blessed and God is good all the time,” survivor Dena Clark posted on her Facebook.
The survivors inside the vault were not injured.
“As we are working on plans to rebuild and restore our services to this community, we know many of our members are doing the same thing on a personal level,” Matthew Stratton, senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement. “As their recovery progresses, we encourage our members who have suffered losses to contact us. The credit union has programs designed specifically to help them as they work through this difficult time.”
Others were unfortunately not so lucky.
Two infants were among the 24 people killed by the tornado, the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.
The office said it has identified 23 of the 24 victims and that 10 of them were children, including seven who were killed at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
All the children have been identified, including 4-month-old Case Futrell and 7-month-old Sydnee Vargyas, who both died from head injuries.
“The ME staff worked throughout the night and yesterday in coordination with state and federal agencies to identify victims and document injuries,” medical examiner’s spokesman Amy Elliott said in a statement.
The eight other children ranged in age from 4 years old to 9 years old. Of those, six suffocated and two died from massive injuries.
Elliott said the agency still is trying to determine the ages of five of the victims. Of the adult victims, eight were women and six were men.
Officials still are trying to contact the relatives of eight of the victims, she said.
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