Straight Line Winds Hit Kilgore

The storm was brief, but straight line winds in Kilgore caused enough destruction in one area near Highway 31 that could be easily confused for a more severe thunderstorm.

Emergency crews rushed to Longview Street after reports that tree's had crashed over power lines.

One tree toppled onto a passing pick-up truck, caving in the hood and trapping the occupants. Emergency crews eventually freed the motorists.

Several homeowners in Kilgore also reported their houses being damaged by the straight line winds, which can look very much like a tornado.

Power was out to dozens of homes as emergency crews worked to clean up the damage.

The victims in the pick-up were treated for minor injuries at Laird hospital.