High winds knock tree onto Lexington garage


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) —  It was a normal Thursday night for Bill Johnson and his wife, Jane. That is until high winds uprooted a tree onto their garage and two vehicles on Belvoir Drive near Landsdowne.

One was a pickup truck and the other was their collectible Thomas bus.

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“Well my wife was getting dinner on the table and I was sitting in my chair with my computer and we heard a loud crack,” says Bill Johnson, the homeowner. “I looked out the window just in time to see that one tree come down and land on the little antique bus.”

He says it happened around 6 p.m.

Johnson says he’s been dealing with insurance agents, tree limb removal services, and a towing company all night and into this Friday morning.

“With all things considered we’re blessed with good help, good insurance guy and good help,” says Johnson. “It could’ve always been worse and no one was hurt.”.

In his 39 years of living here he says he’s never dealt with anything like this.

But Johnson says dealing with this is nothing like the F5 tornado that hit his hometown of Brandenburg back in 1974.

“Having dealt with a tornado where 31 of your neighbors were killed and whole subdivisions were removed, in that context, this is really not a big deal.”

His antique Thomas bus will be taken to North Carolina to a special shop that did the restoration on it and specializes in these kinds of buses.

The Johnsons say “Dumbo” will be missed.

Johnson says property can be repaired but human life cannot.