Wind, Flooding Take Three Lives In Arkansas and Tennessee

June 6, 2014 by  

Wind, Flooding Take Three Lives In Arkansas and Tennessee, High winds and flash flooding on Thursday in the south-central United States killed three people in Arkansas and Tennessee, derailed a train in Arkansas and blew off part of a motel roof in a Missouri tourist town, officials said.

Trees toppled by strong winds killed two people in northern Arkansas on Thursday afternoon, officials said. In Black Rock, Arkansas, a tree fell on a van and killed the person inside, said Brandon Morris, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Emergency Management.

In Jonesboro in Craighead County, Arkansas, retired Jonesboro police officer Tom Sanford, 74, was killed when a tree fell on his home, Jonesboro Police Sergeant Doug Formon said.

“It was the hardest wind blowing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Formon said of straight-line winds peaking at 80 mph (130 kph).

Also in Craighead County, wind blew 15 to 20 rail cars off the tracks onto U.S. Route 49, Morris said.

In Lawrence County in southern Tennessee, a 72-year-old man died when he tried to drive his car over a flooded road, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. The car was swept downstream and submerged under water, the report said.

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