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Tractor trailers fly as tornado strikes Schneider National's Dallas hub

Two tornadoes touched down south of Dallas catapulting 18-wheelers across the area. Aerials from KXAS.

A tornado that struck a national trucking company's south Dallas hub Tuesday sent huge trailers flying hundreds of feet into the air and caused “massive” damage, company officials said.

Schneider National was still accounting for all employees at its operations center, the Green Bay, Wis.-based company said in a statement.


Damaged trucks and trailers are seen at the Schneider National trucking hub after a tornado past through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday.

The company’s main building did not sustain major damage, the firm said.

Television video showed a tornado tossing Schneider’s distinctive orange trucks into the sky and slamming back to the ground.

The company-operated truck stop has fueling stations as well as truck maintenance bays, showers, laundry facilities, exercise equipment and cafeteria services, Janet Bonkowski told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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About 65 office and maintenance people work at the center, about 10 miles south of downtown Dallas, but 200 to 300 drivers are in and out each day, the company said.

There were 254 tractors and 204 trailers in the truck yard when the tornado hit, the company said.

Trailers typically are 53 feet long and weigh about 13,500 pounds empty, officials told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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