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Camperworld RV Park Debris Blew onto I-40

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Click here to see a slide show courtesy of KPHO-TV, Phoenix, showing some of the damage at Camperworld RV Park.

Officials confirmed at least four tornadoes, possibly as many as seven, touched down in northern Arizona on Wednesday (Oct. 6), KPHO-TV, Phoenix, reported

About 200 homes are damaged, 33 of which are uninhabitable, according to authorities. Seven people were hurt.

Winds in the Bellemont area were between 80 to 110 mph during the storms, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS issued several tornado warnings throughout the day after the initial twister touched down in the morning.

The Camperworld RV Park in Bellemont reported that 30 RVs had blown over and the debris blew onto Interstate 40, causing a traffic slowdown.

Several semis and passenger vehicles were blown off of I-40 and multiple BNSF train cars were derailed as a result of the force of the tornado.

The first tornado tore through Camperworld outside Bellemont and derailed about 28 cars of a freight train.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said it has re-opened I-40 between A-1 and Parks. DPS and the Arizona Department of Transportation had closed the highway intermittently throughout the morning.

DPS said several vehicles, including two overturned tractor trailers, were damaged.

The 28 rail cars were part of a parked Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight train, according to spokeswoman Lena Kent.

She said neither of the two crew members on the train were injured.

The train was hauling cargo from ports in Los Angeles to the East and contained no hazardous materials.

Kent says the derailed cars were blocking both main rail lines throughout the area.

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