Tennessee hospital won't charge patients hurt by EF-4 tornado

Bricks from a collapsed wall of the Geist restaurant litter the ground after a tornado touched down in downtown Nashville, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Alex Carlson via AP)

(WBIR) -- The Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Tennessee announced it will be waiving any out-of-pocket medical fees for tornado victims.

More than 80 people were hurt in after an EF-4 tornado struck in Tennessee on Tuesday.

Those who went to the Cookeville hospital, which is about 80 miles east of Nashville, will not have to pay out-of-pocket for their hospital visit.

The hospital said it took patients' insurance, and any internal costs for treatment not covered will be waived.

Eighteen people lost their lives when a tornado swept through Putnam County early in the morning on Tuesday, March 3.