April 4, 2011 / 7:09 PM / 8 years ago

Kentucky tornado hits plant, minor injuries reported

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - A tornado hit an auto sealing plant in southeastern Kentucky Monday, tearing a truck-sized hole into the building, but causing only a few bumps and bruises to seven of its 184 employees, officials said.

The seven injured at the TG Automotive Sealing Kentucky plant were taken to a local hospital, said Paul Ray, spokesman for the Hopkinsville Police Department. The other staff are all accounted for, he said.

Ray said it looked like someone had driven a “semi-truck” through the side of the aluminum building, and that bits of aluminum were found in nearby trees.

Ray couldn’t say how the employees escaped serious injury. “It was noon, maybe they were at lunch,” Ray said.

The plant’s parent company is Toyoda Gosei, which has headquarters in Aichi, Japan and Troy, Michigan. A comment from the company was not immediately available.

Robin Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there have also been unconfirmed tornadoes near Greenville, Kentucky, affecting a mobile home park and causing one minor injury to a child who was treated on site, and in Ballard County, near the town of Slater.

Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by Steve Robrahn; Editing by Jerry Norton

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