Ford Mustang drives out of the rubble in Tuscaloosa, AL – Click above to watch the video after the jump.

The death toll from Wednesday's tornadoes has reached a staggering 204 in the state of Alabama alone. The once proud university town of Tuscaloosa, home to the multi-time NCAA National Champion Crimson Tide football team, lies in ruin. For now, there isn't much in the way of inspiring news from the state.

This morning, though, a video hit the web of a Tuscaloosa resident driving his Ford Mustang convertible out of the wreckage. The Mustang is far from a pretty sight, and likely won't be moving anywhere else under its own grunt any time soon, but it's inspiring nonetheless – a small glimmer that not all is lost.

True, a ragged, fifteen-year-old Ford dragging itself from the ruins of a terrible natural disaster isn't exactly the feel-good hit of the summer. True, the car's miraculous survival doesn't serve as a sign that Alabama's return to normal is right around the corner. What it does show, on however small a level, is that there's always hope, no matter how bleak things get. Check out the video after the break. Thanks for the tip, Douglass!

[Source: WFAA]



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      DCI Gene Shunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the discoloring & engine sounds, it is the ultimate zombie car. DRIVETRAAAAINS!
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      "once proud university town"? weak. First of all, the university is in tact, and was spared. Secondly, a devastating tornado that claims countless homes and hundreds of lives is not a matter of pride. Our city is certainly in mourning over the extreme loss, but don't think for a second that we're down for the count. I was in the destruction zone today helping my co-worker collect his belongings, and despite the loss of his home he was in good spirits. As it happens, his F-350 was in his driveway when the tornado ripped his house to shreds, and aside from the dents and lack of windows, it's fine. The neighbor's car was in the tree, his girlfriend's car was out of sight, but the truck remained (albeit 180 degrees from the position in which it was parked). I guess the weight and general lack of lift generated on a truck that rides that high off the ground helped it stay on the ground. What's more, he used it to tow his trailer full of belongings this afternoon. Kudos to Ford on the bomb-proof design(s). Oh, and ROLL TIDE!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      R
      • 3 Years Ago
      FORD TOUGH...................................................Suck on that FORD haters.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        If I were him, I would keep that car. It survived a tornado the way it did. It should not be scrapped, but rather restored, or put on display somewhere.
      tscurt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must've been reading far too much into this. I thought it was about perseverance- a statement by one person that even in the face of this natural disaster people would somehow manage to pick up the pieces and move on with life, even in the face of crushing events. I was thinking it was one of the best things I had seen recently.
      whataricky
      • 3 Years Ago
      @cadetgray. I did read the post. My father lives in huntsville and sustained over 10k in damage to his house in These storms. If you read the other posts about "ford tough" you would better understand my post. It is not a miracle that the car runs. Its not indicative of how tough a ford is. The car is destroyed & now rendered nearly useless its not of antique or collector status that it would be worth repairing. Thats reality. Hopefully those affected will move forward sooner than later.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford, if you guys want a great marketing idea, you'd buy the rights of this story off this guy, make a commercial and give him a brand new Mustang. American eat these kind of "human interest" stories up. BTW, what the hell is up with this new commenting system on AB? It was bad before, but you'd at least get email updates when someone replied. Now? Nothing, and still no way to edit a post. WTF?
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Agreed. With the old one it felt like a community with regulars and there seemed to be more actual conversations. Now it seems to be a lot of one-off posts (likely because it's too time-consuming to remember where you posted and then search through them to see if anyone replied). Plus, believe it or not, the "karma bar," or whatever it was, did a lot to make it feel like you had a "character" (or whatever) on the site. For the regulars it meant that you likely weren't going to spend all your time posting garbage that was only going to get you down-voted. And if someone was red-barred to hell, then you knew what kind of post history they had. It was also more visually pleasing as well. This grey on grey is dull. I do appreciate that the posts all go through now. So that's a plus. Oh, and Ford should buy the guy a new Mustang and put this in an Alabama car museum as a memorial to one of the worst storms in US history.
          PikeAndPine
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EnzoHonda
          yea man... those were some fun conversations, and I learned a lot about cars in the process. It might be egotistical, but I felt like we had a hand in keeping Autoblog honest or swaying AB opinion...lol, lame I know. I also feel that the "Ask Autoblog" feature was the precursor to the death of the previous commenting system. Superstitious? Perhaps, but I wouldn't be surprised if it played a role...
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yeah the commenting system sucks now.
        PikeAndPine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        kinda sucks, we sort of had a community, and now there's newer faces but mostly are 1-post wonders.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PikeAndPine
          No kidding... the total number of comments now seems to have dropped off considerably. And I am not surprised... this new system seems way more impersonal than before. Why is it sooo damn tough to just use the same one a fellow AOL-site uses... namely Engadget??? That one ain't perfect either, but you can *GOSH* edit a post, and you do get email notification of when someone replies. About the only problem with their system is that the email notification link never sends you to the actual reply so instead you have to search page after page to get to your original post. So what of it, AB? What's with this crap? You trying to kill the site and not give people a reason to come here, or what? The .00001 cents that it might have "cost" you guys to send out email notifications was probably easily made up by the higher number of visits to your site. Advertisers want people to come to you site and see their adds. This new system doesn't invite people back.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much for "Found On Road Dead" LOL This might put it in Toyota Hilux/Tacoma territory!!
      Esben Lyhning Sjønto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Build Ford Tough!! :)
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Top Gear can stick that in their pipe and smoke it. 'course, do they even know what a tornado *is* in the UK?
        undeadMonkey93
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Not really. We had an earthquake in the midlands once, knocked over some flower pots.
        Pat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim
        I don't get the relevance of your comment!
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