(OKLAHOMA CITY) — A mother and her baby were killed during a violent storm that included tornadoes near Oklahoma City on Friday night.
The woman and her infant were in a vehicle on Interstate 40 when the storm struck during rush hour. They were just miles from the city of Moore which was devastated by a massive tornado that killed 24 people on May 20, said Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
“A mother and child were missing out of a crash at that location. We know that the storm picked them up and swept them away. When the troopers found them, they were both deceased,” she said.
An estimated five tornadoes were reported to have touched down in the Oklahoma City area during the storm, the National Weather Service said.
Along the highway there were multiple damaged vehicles. Randolph compared the scene to a parking lot strewn with wrecked cars and said there were not enough troopers to respond to each accident.
Hail, flood waters and downed power lines were making it difficult for police and emergency crews to access the area, Randolph told ABC News.
The mother and child were the only known fatalities from the vicious storm.
“I cannot stress to you just how important it is that if people don’t have to be out, that they stay inside and seek shelter,” she said.
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