(WMC-TV) - A Memphis band was saved by their instruments during the monster storm in Peoria, Illinois.
Local punk rock band, Pillowtalk, lived to see another day after experiencing something they never imagined they would.
"We thought there was a thunder storm but we weren't really prepared for exactly what was coming our way," said band member Joshua Cannon.
A tornado engulfed their SUV and trailer carrying their musical instruments.
"We get to a point where Calvin is driving with his hands on the wheel, and he turns around to us, and he's just like, 'Guys, I think we're about to be picked up by a tornado,' "said Cannon.
Their vehicle started spinning and was sucked up and spun through the air three times.
"When I could tell that I was gonna lose control of the vehicle, that's when I turned around, and was like, 'I think we're in the tornado," said Calvin Lauber. "It was a really helpless feeling just feeling the car being thrown around."
Joshua Cannon's grandfather, James, said he couldn't imagine the ride and that they must have had before they landed against a rail.
"They kept telling us there's no way you should've walked out of there. If it hadn't been for the 3,000 lbs of gear we had we probably wouldn't have," he Joshua. "The trailer was turned upside down, split open, and window blown out of the car ... After flipping like they did and headed against the traffic."
Cannon said he is sure there was a higher power watching over his grandson and his friends.
"There's a possibility that someone had his hand in keeping us alive that day I think that chance is very high," said Cannon.
The company that towed their trailer decided to charge them a whopping $2,000 for them to get it back.
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