Miraculous survival story of a Brookport family


Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - David Dycus

BROOKPORT, Ill. - Homes are devastated on Dornsbush Road in Massac County.

When the storm hit, one mother jumped on her son to protect him.

It came quickly and unexpected. A home torn off its foundation and the remains ended up in the neighbor's yard.

Home owner Jay Dyer says he is in shock.

"There was no warning, the lights didn't even go out. The trailer just started rocking, and before they it they started twisting and turning. She jumped on my son, stepdaughter got thrown out into the road and when it was over, they landed over here," Dyer said.

Dyer says his son has a dislocated shoulder and his stepdaughter is covered in cuts. His wife has two broken bones in her leg and a broken back.

Maria Boyett, a family friend, says she is in disbelief.

"They don't look like the last time you seen them. They are all battered and bruised, but they are alive and cracking jokes, so it's okay. But today is different. This is a whole different kind of shock," Boyett said.

Boyett says she is looking for pictures to remind the family of what's important in life.

Dyer says what's important is that his family will be okay.

"Just looking at the devastation... I don't know how they managed to walk away from it. It's just a miracle to me," Dyer said.

Dyer's stepdaughter got out of the hospital on Monday morning. His wife Cindy is still in Western Baptist recovering from two broken ankles, broken bones in her leg, and chips on her lower lumbar.

He also said his son has a dislocated shoulder, but he's thankful his entire family will be okay after the storm ripped through their home.