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Tornadoes kill at least 3 in southern Indiana

Friday, March 2, 2012

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Tornadoes raked across several small Indiana towns Friday, killing at least three people and leaving behind miles of flattened devastation along the state's southern border.

Few recognizable structures remained in the town of Henryville, about 20 miles north of Louisville, Ky., where the high school was destroyed and the second floor ripped off an adjacent middle school. Firefighters searched through what remained of the lower floor for possible victims Friday afternoon.

Images from television station WLKY showed a mangled school bus protruding from the side of a one-story Henryville building where it appeared to have been tossed. Aerial views showed dozens of overturned semis strewn around the smashed remains of a truck stop.

An official in another town to the northwest also described chaos.

"Marysville is completely gone," said Clark County Sheriff's Maj. Chuck Adams said.

At least three people died in nearby Jefferson County, said Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman John Erickson. Multiple other injuries were reported there and in neighboring counties, but downed telephone lines and cellphone towers made communication with some areas all but impossible.

"We're still very much in the mode of rendering assistance at this point," said Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten.

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