Deputies survive tornado inside their cruiser


Dashcam video from a Cheatham County Sheriff's patrol car shows a tornado moving into the...
Dashcam video from a Cheatham County Sheriff's patrol car shows a tornado moving into the Kingston Springs area on Dec. 11, 2021.(Cheatham County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Dec. 13, 2021 at 10:18 PM CST
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KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. (WSMV) - Two Cheatham County deputies were in their cruiser Saturday morning when a tornado blew through.

Video shows deputy Randall Smith and Joseph Wehrer trying to cross a bridge on Highway 70 in Kingston springs. The road was barely visible and inside the cruiser.

The two survived unscathed, but their harrowing morning was far from over. Video shows a tree blocking deputies’ path as they desperately try to get to a crucial call.

“We’ve got a woman pinned under a trailer,” you can hear from their radio.

News4 Photojournalist Thomas Davis had his own brush with the storm live on our air. Watch as his car gets pushed into a bank parking lot. Thomas managed to take cover under the drive-thru awning eventually.

Thomas makes his way to that scene of a woman’s rescue. Kingston Springs fire Captain Roger Parker was there.

“She was just calm the whole time as calm as she could be,” Captain Parker said.

Parker said it took 20 minutes to get the woman out. She was rushed to Vanderbilt in critical condition.

“She was very thankful and just kept apologizing, and we said, ‘ma’am there’s nothing to apologize about’,” Captain Parker said.

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