St. Joseph Band Encounters EF-2 Tornado

A terrifying moment for a St. Joseph Rock Band was caught on camera by one of the members.

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018 7:36 PM
Updated: Apr. 29, 2018 11:14 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A terrifying moment for a St. Joseph Rock Band was caught on camera by one of the members.

"You're so close to death. To realize that everything you ever worked for is just gone if something worse would have happened to us," Derrick Eggleston, band member, said.

The band, Thousand Years Wide, was traveling to a show on Friday, April 13th. The same day an EF-2 tornado ripped through the town of Mountainburg, Arkansas.

"It was the Boston Mountains we were traveling through down I-49 and all of the sudden on top of this mountain you just see this wall cloud just come right down," Eggleston said.

While traveling along I-49, Eggleston said the band drove right through the heart of the tornado.

"Personally, I wanted to see the tornado just for my own enjoyment. I don't think anyone else wanted to," Eggleston said.

Minutes before the tornado hit, Eggleston said he was on the phone with his wife.

"He says 'I gotta let you go, I'll call you back'. I'm sitting here thinking 'what's going on," Kenzie Eggleston, Derrick's wife, said.

Luckily, the band made it back to St. Joseph safely and without any injuries. The band also said none of their gear or equipment was destroyed in the incident.

As for the town of Mountainburg, which has a population of about 630 people, the tornado damaged over 150 structures and homes.

"All of the trees that were just chopped in half, street signs turned over, houses and other buildings just completely leveled to the ground. That was the scariest part for me," Eggleston said.

The band said they're thankful to be alive and well after this encounter with mother nature.

"I feel very relieved and very lucky that he's home, he's safe," Kenzie said.

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