Indiana tornado rips through Crackers Powersports

Publish Date: 
Nov 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, Ind. - Sunday’s Midwest tornadoes ripped the back off of Crackers Powersports, with a cinderblock pillar the only thing left to hold up the roof at the rear of the building.

The entire rear wall of the building collapsed, as well as the west side of the building that housed a bass tournament fishing boat, according to the Washington Times-Herald, which also has some dramatic photographs here.

A shop employee told the newspaper about 90 percent of the motorcycles and mopeds in the shop were removed from the building with little damage and most of the bikes are repairable. Shop staff will try to salvage as many of the materials and other items in the building as they can.

Surveying parts and debris strewn around the garage floor, the employee said, “It’s sad. It’s kind of like a part of me is gone. This was one job I was always happy to come to.”

Neighbor Mike Stainbrook, who had not visited the shop before the tornado swept  through, said he and the employee walked around the business all night with flashlights to keep looters from stealing merchandise from the showroom and the garage area.

 

Posted by Holly Wagner