Band saved by instruments during tornado - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Band saved by instruments during tornado

Local punk rock band, Pillowtalk, lived to see another day after experiencing something they never imagined they would. Local punk rock band, Pillowtalk, lived to see another day after experiencing something they never imagined they would.
Their vehicle started spinning and was sucked up and spun through the air three times. Their vehicle started spinning and was sucked up and spun through the air three times.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis band was saved by their instruments during the monster storm in Peoria, Illinois.

Local punk rock band, Pillowtalk, lived to see another day after experiencing something they never imagined they would.

"We thought there was a thunder storm but we weren't really prepared for exactly what was coming our way," said band member Joshua Cannon.

A tornado engulfed their SUV and trailer carrying their musical instruments.

"We get to a point where Calvin is driving with his hands on the wheel, and he turns around to us, and he's just like, 'Guys, I think we're about to be picked up by a tornado,' "said Cannon.

Their vehicle started spinning and was sucked up and spun through the air three times.

"When I could tell that I was gonna lose control of the vehicle, that's when I turned around, and was like, 'I think we're in the tornado," said Calvin Lauber. "It was a really helpless feeling just feeling the car being thrown around."

Joshua Cannon's grandfather, James, said he couldn't imagine the ride and that they must have had before they landed against a rail.

"They kept telling us there's no way you should've walked out of there. If it hadn't been for the 3,000 lbs of gear we had we probably wouldn't have," he Joshua. "The trailer was turned upside down, split open, and window blown out of the car ... After flipping like they did and headed against the traffic."

Cannon said he is sure there was a higher power watching over his grandson and his friends.

"There's a possibility that someone had his hand in keeping us alive that day I think that chance is very high," said Cannon.

The company that towed their trailer decided to charge them a whopping $2,000 for them to get it back.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • ELECTION DAY - What's on your ballot?

    ELECTION DAY - What's on your ballot?

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:35 PM EST2017-11-18 04:35:11 GMT
    (Source: Secretary of State)(Source: Secretary of State)

    Early voting for the Nov. 18 election begins Friday, Nov. 3. Across the state, voters will elect a new state treasurer, to fill the seat that John Kennedy vacated when he successfully ran for the U.S. Senate. Derrick Edwards (D) and John Schroder (R) are in the runoff. Edwards received 31 percent of the vote in the Oct. 14 general election and Schroder received 24 percent. In Allen Parish  City Marshal -- City Court, City of Oakdale Joseph "Jody" Chamberlain (NOPTY...

    More >>

    Early voting for the Nov. 18 election begins Friday, Nov. 3. Across the state, voters will elect a new state treasurer, to fill the seat that John Kennedy vacated when he successfully ran for the U.S. Senate. Derrick Edwards (D) and John Schroder (R) are in the runoff. Edwards received 31 percent of the vote in the Oct. 14 general election and Schroder received 24 percent. In Allen Parish  City Marshal -- City Court, City of Oakdale Joseph "Jody" Chamberlain (NOPTY...

    More >>
  • TOUCHDOWN LIVE: Second round of the playoffs

    TOUCHDOWN LIVE: Second round of the playoffs

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:17 PM EST2017-11-18 04:17:36 GMT

    Fifteen local high school football teams have reached the second round of the playoffs and tonight they all take the field in the hopes of advancing once again.

    More >>

    Fifteen local high school football teams have reached the second round of the playoffs and tonight they all take the field in the hopes of advancing once again.

    More >>
  • LC council member wants measures in place for pre-trial bond reductions

    LC council member wants measures in place for pre-trial bond reductions

    Friday, November 17 2017 10:44 PM EST2017-11-18 03:44:25 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Months of undercover work led to Calcasieu's Combined Anti-Drug Team (CAT) to perform a drug raid on two homes in Lake Charles back in late October.  Six were arrested and booked, but one of those suspects was able to get back on the streets that same day, leaving many upset including city council member Luvertha August.  Now the councilwoman is working to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.   "I have received so many calls since this b...More >>
    Months of undercover work led to Calcasieu's Combined Anti-Drug Team (CAT) to perform a drug raid on two homes in Lake Charles back in late October.  Six were arrested and booked, but one of those suspects was able to get back on the streets that same day, leaving many upset including city council member Luvertha August.  Now the councilwoman is working to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.   "I have received so many calls since this b...More >>
Powered by Frankly