Eight injured, train derailed after tornado touches down in Colorado County




Posted on May 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Updated Saturday, May 12 at 8:38 AM

HOUSTON --- Cleanup is under way in Weimar, just west of Houston, after a tornado left a trail of destruction Thursday evening, the National Weather Service confirmed. Eight people were injured and a high school and hospital were damaged.

The people who were hurt were in the parking lot of Weimar High School for a fundraiser. Their injuries were not life threatening.

The high school took the brunt of the damage.

“The press box at the football field was just gone, so all of that was just blown away,” one student said.  

A few students were inside the school practicing for their softball team when the storm hit.

“Our coach realized what was going on and they grabbed us all and stuck us in a closet to keep us safe,” said Payton Wunderlick.

An elementary school was also damaged.

Part of the roof of a hospital was torn off by the wind and those patients had to be evacuated to other hospitals. No one there was hurt.

Forty cars of a freight train were derailed by the tornado. The cars did not contain hazardous material.  

 The Weimar Police Department asked residents to stay in their homes Friday, because there were many power lines and trees down.  Most of the town was still without power as of Friday morning.  Power crews from neighboring communities were trying to help get things restored.