Dallas trucking facilities hit by tornado

Updated Apr 5, 2012
Photo from Northwestern.comPhoto from Northwestern.com

Dallas-area tornadoes delivered significant damage to Schneider National’s Dallas-based operating center and minor damage to two Pilot Flying J locations.

There have been no reports of death or serious injury caused by the storms, however.

Erin Elliot, spokeswoman for Schneider, said initial reports indicate no damage to the facility’s building, but “massive damage to our trucks and our trailers located in the yard area.” There were 254 trucks and 204 trailers on site at the time the storm hit, she said.

Roughly 65 office and maintenance employees work at the facility, and 200-300 drivers come in and out each day, Elliot said. The company also said, based on initial checks, all of its employees are “safe and accounted for.”

The center is operating on backup power and phones have been redirected according to the emergency plans.

Pilot reported minor damage to both Dallas locations, but all of the pumps were operating by early evening Tuesday.

For video and photos of the tornado and its damage, see the Overdrive Extra post from Tuesday.

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