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Local tornado survivor praying for Oklahoma City victims

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The search and rescue efforts taking place in Oklahoma bring back difficult memories for one Chattanooga man.

He survived when a tornado touched down on his college campus, but it was several hours before first responders could reach him.

"You just hope and pray that they are hanging on and that the people will get down to them as quick as they can," says David Wilson.

David Wilson knows all too well what the students of Plaza Towers Elementary School are going through.

David and six other Union University students were buried for five hours, after a tornado hit their campus in 2008.

"The whole time we were down there we thought they would pick the wall up and we'd roll out from underneath and run away," David recalls. "And that's just not the case."

David's legs were crushed.

He underwent surgeries and physical therapy to be able to walk again.

He worries about the small children who are the victims of this latest disaster.

"You hope that the worst would be some broken bones, cuts and scrapes," he says. "You just never know. It's hard to predict. I would have never thought that I'd come out not being able to walk."

David says those who are found alive will share a special bond.

"The seven of us that were together that night, every year when that day comes around we still write each other on Facebook," David says. "It's just an emotional day. It's kind of like a second birthday."

David is praying first responders can locate the missing children.

"You just hope and pray that they are hanging on, and that the people will get down to them as quick as they can," says David.

Channel 3 checked with our local agencies.

The Southeast Tennessee Red Cross plans to send two volunteers to Oklahoma Tuesday morning.

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