MO-X bus suffers damage from severe weather

No one was significantly hurt during the incident.

Following a series of tornadoes, St. Louis's skyline included an odd feature Friday: a MO-X bus.

The bus was picked up by a tornado and moved to the edge of the parking garage. MO-X Owner Brent Moore said the bus was already on the top level of the parking garage. The bus driver was on the ground floor signing in customers. No one was in the bus when it was moved by the storm.

"Once it was clear, he went back up and checked on the van to make sure what was wrong with it and see what had happened," Moore said. "Then at that point up there, there's not much else you can do."

The bus was scheduled to leave at 8:30 p.m. from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Another MO-X bus was on its way to the airport, and departed to Columbia with the driver and six customers of the original bus at 11 p.m.

Moore said the bus is severely damaged.

"We think it's totaled," Moore said. "It had the front windshield in it, and it had one back window in it, and then everything else was blown out so there was no side windows in at all."

Moore is not sure how the bus was able to get down from the roof of the parking garage. He said most machines they would normally use to get it down were too heavy for the parking garage structure.

"I can't wait to see how they got it down because it looked like they were using antiquated tactics to get it down," Moore said.

Moore said this event did not hurt business.

"We had lots of kids, lots of people coming back Sunday for Easter," Moore said. "We just had to make a lot of adjustments to get everybody home."

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport had extensive damage from this tornado, causing closures and delays.

"The majority of the damage is primarily the façade of our historic terminal," Lambert-St. Louis Airport spokesman Jeffrey Lea said. "And then there was parking lot damage, hundreds of vehicles, including the van that you saw perched on top of the parking garage. We lost sign structures that were blown as tornadoes like to do - trees uprooted, sign posts, light poles, traffic control signals, those type of things."

Lea said only a handful of passengers and employees at Lambert were injured. These injuries were minor.

"All personnel and people that were in the terminal were kept in the terminal in either the lower level of terminal one or some folks were in bathrooms or in interior areas of the facility," Lea said. "They were kept there until the tornado warning had subsided."

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Jorma Duran said while they were not in charge of whether the airport stayed open, their first priority is always the safety of citizens.

"I think we just want to make sure that those who are traveling across highways and roads, if they're traveling by train, trying to get to the airport, get out of the airport, are safe throughout the entire experience," Duran said. '"If you don't do the necessary things to make people safe, people get hurt. It just doesn't make sense."

“All personnel and people that were in the terminal were kept in the terminal in either the lower level of terminal one or some folks were in bathrooms or in interior areas of the facility,” Lea said. “They were kept there until the tornado warning had subsided.” Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Jorma Duran said while they were not in charge of whether the airport stayed open, their first priority is always the safety of citizens.

“I think we just want to make sure that those who are traveling across highways and roads, if they’re traveling by train, trying to get to the airport, get out of the airport, are safe throughout the entire experience,” Duran said. ‘”If you don’t do the necessary things to make people safe, people get hurt. It just doesn’t make sense.”

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