“It hit me so fast,” Sangh said of the forceful blow. “It is hard to tell you what happened after that. I felt so helpless.”
Sangh wasn’t too helpless, however, to collect himself and quickly give aid to those also buried beneath the flattened building. After finding no one was seriously injured, Sangh said he dialed 911, but phone lines were not working.
As he and others waited for nearly 20 minutes for the arrival of first responders, Sangh saw a semitruck truck resting vertically on the rear of the property. He and another employee, who suffered deep cuts to his arm, were both taken to Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department where they were treated before being taken to area hospitals.
While at the fire station, Sangh said he saw one tornado victim lying unconscious and another had a broken arm caused by the falling hail. He was released the following day from Clark Memorial Hospital, but pain and numbness in his back would require he go into surgery weeks later for a herniated disk. Over the next year, Sangh said he had to put his personal recovery above that of his business.
“It was a tough time. Mentally, financially, physically — it has been a tough year,” he said.
Despite suffering from continuing numbness in one of his feet, Sangh said he feels very fortunate that he and his business have almost fully recovered.
“I don’t know how we made it,” Sangh said. “God was with us.”
After reopening the gas station and Subway in February, Sangh is glad to be part of the revitalizing community.
“I am so happy. My employees are happy. The people are happy,” he said. “I need the people and they need me.”
Sangh said he has seen community members and business return to Henryville. Since reopening, he said he has received hugs and praises from his customers who are happy to see the gas station and restaurant returned to the community.