Strong Winds Toss Tractor-Trailer

By Ari Mason and Doug Greene
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Kayla Beltrandi

Heavy storms tossed a tractor trailer onto its side outside the East Windsor Walmart on Monday afternoon.

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Violent winds tossed a tractor-trailer onto its side when a tornado blew through East Windsor on Monday afternoon.

"I heard a big boom and was looking for what it was," said Duane Fernandez of Manchester, who was in the area when the truck fell. "It was a truck, pushed right over. [The wind] dragged it."

The tractor-trailer was knocked over near Prospect Hill Road when gusty winds from an EF-1 tornado blew across Interstate 91 and into the Walmart parking lot, where the tractor-trailer was located, officials said.

The driver was inside when it happened and managed to get with the help of police. The driver's condition is unknown.

Crews arrived to right the truck, still full of fuel.

"I'm just amazed how the hydraulics and everything ... can balance that," said Stephen Fisher, of Enfield, who watched the truck being righted. "That's just unbelievable how they can do that with the fuel and the weight," he said.

Authorities directed people back inside the Walmart while tow trucks worked on the tractor-trailer and store employees cleaned up the lot. Walmart brought in heavy equipment to remove downed trees.

At least one car was damaged after a tree fell onto its hood, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

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