911 calls reveal fear, chaos in the moments following Nashville tornado

Posted at 7:43 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 20:57:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Terrifying calls to 9-1-1 reveal what people were seeing and feeling as the tornado touched down in Nashville Tuesday morning.

A frantic caller begged for help as an EF-2 tornado with 125 mile per hour wind moved through the edge of Germantown around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Dispatcher: "Hello sir are you okay?"
Caller: "Help! I'm under the Jefferson street bridge I'm trapped!"
Dispatcher: "What are you trapped underneath?"
Caller: "I don't know. I can't move!"
Dispatcher: "Okay, just stay with me."
Caller: "Help!"
Dispatcher: "I'm getting help to you OK?"
Caller: "Help!"
Dispatcher: "Sir, you need to calm down. You need to calm down. I'm getting help started to you, okay?"

Around the same time, another person scrambled to get help for people off of Cockrill Bend next to John C Tune airport.

Dispatcher: "Listen to me Patrick, do you know if anybody's injured?"
Caller: We don't know. My friends are hurt. I don't know where everybody..we looking for people now."
Caller: The building next door to us is gone.

Another caller also described the damage and chaos unfolding at the airport.

Caller: "Tornado must have touched down here. We've got trailers flipped over at food delivery service. And I'm right next to John C. Tune Airport. All I can see is orange in the distance from flames.

These were just a few of the calls dispatchers received as the tornado tore through portions of Nashville. As people took cover and did their best to protect themselves and their neighbors.