Tornado causes RV home to flip, injuring parents and 3 young kids in Beasley

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Storm causes RV home to flip, injuring parents and 3 kids in Beasley
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The five family members were all taken to the hospital. Family told ABC13 that the mother was trapped in the debris while clutching her 2-year-old.

BEASLEY, Texas (KTRK) -- A tornado touched ground near Beasley, Texas, early Tuesday morning, leaving a family of five injured.

ABC13's Courtney Fischer arrived at the rural town in Fort Bend County, where she found an RV trailer flipped over and ripped apart.

According to the family at the scene, two parents and three children, ages 2, 4, and 7, were all taken to the hospital after the tornado ripped through.

The sheriff's office said everyone sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be OK.

A family member told Courtney that the mother was trapped, clutching her 2-year-old. Family members worked for over 30 minutes to free them from the debris.

Video from the scene showed the damaged trailer. It appeared that it was nearly split in half. The family said the RV home rolled about 25 yards.

"I just don't even know how those people even survived," neighbor Arletta Phillips said.

Phillips moved to the home that fell directly into the tornado's path just a month and a half ago. She and her husband's home sustained damage, but nothing that cannot be fixed. Their home sits between two homes that are no longer livable.

"I feel blessed," Phillips said. "As they say, someone had their hands on me."

Beasley has about 680 people, and the homes are spread apart between farmland.

According to ABC13 Meteorologist Rachel Briers, the highest winds moved through Beasley around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service later determined the event was an EF-1 tornado with winds reaching 90mph.

"Looking at the damage here, I think it was on the ground most of the way," Dan Reilly, who surveyed the area for the NWS, said Tuesday afternoon. "You see a lot of tree damage here and that other home there. You can really follow a path."