Winds topple multiple RVs in Buckeye; 2 injured


by Christina O'Haver

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 10:33 AM

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- At least two people were injured Thursday night when strong winds toppled multiple RVs in Buckeye, according to the Buckeye Fire Department.

Fire Chief Bob Costello said firefighters were combing the RV park near Yuma and Apache roads to make sure no one else was trapped.

"Oh my God, it was horrible," said Denise Carillo, who lives in the area. "The wind came in, the rain came in ... it's a mess over here. I can't believe it."

Carillo said the monsoon storm also brought hail and knocked out power.

Costello said the injuries were minor but two people were transported to a hospital.

Randy Murphree was one of them. He said he and his wife had just gone to bed when the storm hit.

"We had been laying down for about 15 minutes, and the trailer just started shaking, shaking, shaking," he told 3TV's Jill Galus. "All of a sudden, it flipped, once, two, three times. We were stuck in there. The fire department came. They had to take us out through the roof. We got beat up pretty bad. It was very scary."

Murphree, who moved here from Kansas, said he did not know how strong monsoon storm winds could be. He also said that he is thankful that he, his wife and their dog survived.