5 injured after car dealership collapses as tornadoes hit Pennsylvania and New Jersey
At least five people were injured after a partial collapse of a car dealership when the second of two tornadoes touched down near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The first tornado, which the National Weather Service (NWS) called “dangerous” and “life threatening”, hit Bucks County Thursday night. Another dangerous tornado hit the same area about 10 minutes later.
The second tornado severely damaged the Faulkner Buick GMC dealership near Trevose, injuring five and destroying the building, said Fred Harran, director of public safety for Bensalem Police Force. Bucks County Courier Hours.
Newsweek has reached out to Harran for additional information and comment.
The Trevose Fire Company tweeted photos of the partially collapsed dealership shortly after the tornado hit, urging residents to avoid the area. All employees at the dealership were counted, according to CBS subsidiary KYW.
Bill Rollin, director of emergency alerts for Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties, told the outlet the tornado hit the building’s service center the hardest and resulted in a “mass incident” . The term is used to describe incidents that cause between three and 20 injuries.
âTeams from all over the canton of Bensalem are currently on the scene,â Rollin told the outlet. “The total number of injuries is unknown at this time.”
None of the injuries were considered life threatening. Rescuers reportedly used the Neshaminy shopping center in Bensalem as an evacuation center following the storm. Video taken during the storm showed debris swirling in the air near the mall.
The tornado also caused extensive damage to the nearby Penn Valley Terrace mobile home park, although no injuries were reported. Residents told the Bucks County Courier Hours that in addition to the damage to some of the trailers in the park, they found what they believed to be parts of the roof that the tornado ripped off the concession building.
âI heard a rumble and it got closer and closer,â resident Cindy Cartin told the outlet. “I felt it. I knew itâ¦ It was here.”
“I thought I was going to be Dorothy,” she added, referring to The Wizard of Oz as she started to cry.
At least one of the two tornadoes that hit Pennsylvania also crossed the border into New Jersey, causing damage in that state as well. Several tornado warnings were issued overnight in both states.
There may have been as many as three or four tornadoes in the area, although the NWS has yet to confirm the number of tornadoes that have touched down. There was no doubt about the heavy rainfall that hit the region, which reached as much as three inches in some areas and prompted the NWS to issue flash flood warnings.