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Twisters Hit South, Killing At Least 3

Sun., Dec. 1, 1996, midnight

A tornado uprooted an oak tree Saturday, crushing the cab of a pickup truck and killing two men who were installing a radio inside. A man sitting between them somehow survived with only minor injuries.

The twister struck as a dangerous weather front moved eastward Saturday across the South, spawning several other tornadoes that caused major property damage. All told, three people were killed and at least nine were injured.

The tornado knocked out all power to this town of 900 as well as other hamlets in northern Louisiana. A utility lineman was electrocuted while restoring power to the town of Farmerville, about 28 miles to the northeast.

Curtis Henderson, 36, a veteran lineman with the Claiborne Electric Cooperative, had touched a live wire.

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