Yeah agreed. I never thought they were torn into pieces and then obliterated out of existence, but were more likely crumpled up and thrown into ravines and wooded areas, and were not recovered.CAL posted lots of unreliable stuff on the old forms. A truck being carried 20 miles, yeah not possible. Perhaps pieces of it were found 20 miles away, that is certainly a possibility.
The Ethridge tornado I'm not sure about as the only photograph I've been able to find concerning it looks instead to be of its wall cloud. I'm not sure if it's possible to physically annihilate truss towers out of existence, though. Perhaps they were toppled and/or tossed into ravines or valleys that are so steep and deep it made them impossible to find afterwards? Not sure. Wish I could find more info on Ethridge.
Photo I mentioned:
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The “foundations being swept away” rumors stem from early surveys in which the surveyors clearly did not have a solid grasp on house construction. Subflooring being swept away is very different from a foundation being swept away, but they were reported as one in the same.
Now the vehicle being carried that distance simply isn’t possible, as you said. I’m not sure why it was even given any credence to begin with. In fact, a truck was reportedly carried a similar distance in 2014, from Mayflower to Vilonia, AR. It later turned out to be from a misunderstanding regarding where the vehicle originated. I’m positive the Tennessee rumor is also due to some kind of misunderstanding.
Bottom line: I’m not sure why people start what are basically tornado damage urban legends. They stick, and rumor begins to circulate as fact.