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Published May 21, 2013, 09:33 PM

A local man was in Oklahoma, when the tornado hit

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An over the road trucker from Moorhead, was in Oklahoma, when the tornado hit.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An over the road trucker from Moorhead, was in Oklahoma, when the tornado hit.

Steve Marts describes the devastation in detail during an interview on the Jay Thomas show this afternoon, saying in all his 20 some years of driving semi cross county he has never seen anything like this before.

"It was absolutely flattened, twisted, pulverized, shredded."

It's hard to imagine the graphic scene Steve Marts describes without seeing the vivid images from Moore. As an independent truck driver Marts just happened to be driving through Oklahoma when disaster struck - forcing him to pull off the road.

"I was in a mall parking lot and of course none of the electronic doors or security systems worked so I talked to several of the manager of the stores that were sitting in a chair in front of the main door to their store."

Eventually Marts would get back on I-35 after it reopened. It was then he says he saw the full extent of Mother Nature's wrath.

"I saw a house that had a couple of shingles gone and then I saw a fence blown over and a house with no windows ... But for 700 yards there was a house standing with its windows blown out and then there was nothing."

In its wake the EF-5 twister cut a path 17 miles long and a little more than a mile wide.

The search continues this evening for victims - Moore's fire chief says every home has been searched once, but rescuers will be making two more passes to make sure they didn't miss anything.

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