Austin storm chaser speaks from hospital bed

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by HEATHER KOVAR

KVUE

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 2 at 9:55 PM

Storm chaser and Austin resident Austin Anderson, was in an Oklahoma hospital Sunday awaiting surgery for some serious injuries after being caught in Friday's tornado outbreak.

He has a broken neck, three broken vertebrae, a black eye, collapsed lungs and broken ribs. Anderson is scheduled for back surgery in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

He was in a truck with two others from the Weather Channel chasing a tornado when it changed direction.

The vehicle rolled eight or nine times and was lofted about 30 feet in the air.

The two others inside made it out okay; Anderson's injuries were the most serious.

"I always keep a positive attitude," he said. "Even when I was flying through the air, I was thinking: 'What do I need to do to survive?' instead of, 'Oh no! I'm going to die!'"

Anderson remained immobilized in his hospital bed on Sunday.

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