Five people ride out tornado in Kokomo basement, one pinned under car

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Five people barely made it into the basement when the tornado hit Sunday. Minutes later, the entire home collapsed, pinning Melody Vandergriff under a black Chrysler 300c that fell into the basement during the storm.

“I saw her under the car and her eyes were closed and I thought she was dead and I honestly thought I had lost one of my best friends,” said Brittany Hensley.

Michael Gardner, Brittany Hensley, Allyson Hensley and Melody Vandergriff stopped over to see their friend Chelsea Rawlins after church. They said the storm moved in fast. Everyone decided to move into the basement after they received a text telling them to take cover.

The group of friends is very strong in their faith–and they believe divine intervention helped them ride out the storm. They prayed together as the tornado hit and after Vandergriff was pinned under the car.

An iPad was sandwiched between the car and Vandergriff’s head. She believes it helped relieve some of the impact.

“You know how¬† they say your life flashes before your eyes? It does,” said Vandergriff.

Allyson Hensley is still in the hospital but she is expected to be okay.