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Vehicles tumble like paper in Lake Wilson

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LAKE WILSON -- Rescue teams spent two hours removing an adult and an 18-month old child from a car blown off the road near Lake Wilson during Tuesday's tornado.

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Rescuers said the vehicle rolled over and over for about 150 feet and came to rest on its top in a muddy field.

Pipestone's Steve Ewing, who was coordinating the recovery efforts in Lake Wilson, said a rescue team removed the adult and child from the car. Both were injured and were transported to a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

"We've had no fatalities so far," Ewing said late Tuesday night. "Now we're going to walk through the neighborhoods to see what we can find."

Lake Wilson, a town of about 300 residents, had extensive damage to houses and buildings on Main Street. Cleanup efforts begun immediately were then hampered by heavy rain that began about 8:20 p.m., less than four hours after the tornado struck.

Ewing said more than a dozen rescue squads and fire departments converged in Lake Wilson, including teams from Jackson and Bigelow.

Arrangements were being made late Tuesday to transport the homeless to two churches in Pipestone. Vehicles with loudspeakers were traveling Lake Wilson's streets, telling residents where to go for assistance.

The power was disconnected in town to eliminate the danger from downed power lines. An electric crew was untangling power lines about five miles east of Lake Wilson at 9:30 p.m.

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