Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac Automotive Service Technician John Dolson took this photo of the damage in the dealership’s service department.Area resident Clarine Hart took this photo of the extensive damage received from a May 22 EF-3 tornado by Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair.

Tornado damages Missouri automotive businesses

An EF-3 tornado left a path of destruction in Jefferson City, Mo., at close to midnight Wed., May 22. Although there were multiple injuries, including for victims trapped under rubble in houses and businesses, no fatalities were reported at press time.

At least two automotive businesses were damaged, which, as we understand, were unoccupied at the time the storm hit. Riley Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and the adjacent Riley Toyota had vehicles piled upon one another, and the service department at the Chevy dealership appeared to suffer the most damage. The collision center at the rear of the dealership was reported to be largely unaffected by the storm.

Donnie Braun & Sons Auto Repair, and its adjacent storage business, 2.5 miles to the southwest, were also hit by the EF-3 tornado, received extensive damage, along with multiple RVs, travel trailers, and vehicles stored on the lot or in the storage units.

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