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4 women, 2 men killed in S. Illinois tornado

Posted by wlpo on February 29, 2012

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) – Six people killed in a violent southern Illinois tornado included four women and two men.

Saline County Sherriff’s Lt. Tracy Felty says about 100 people were injured in the storm early Wednesday in Harrisburg.

Authorities weren’t releasing any names.

Darrell Osman says his mother, 75-year-old Mary Osman, was among the dead.

He said he raced to his mother’s home not long after the storm and arrived in time to speak to her before she was taken to a hospital with a head injury, a severe cut to her neck and a broken arm and leg. She died a short time later.

The National Weather Service has given the tornado an EF4 rating, the second-highest rating given to twisters. The rating is assigned to storms based on damage they cause.

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