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Apparent tornado injures 8 in Southeast Texas

May 10, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Updated May 11, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.


WEIMAR (AP) - An apparent tornado touched down in a small Southeast Texas town, damaging a hospital, derailing 25 cars of a freight train and injuring eight people in a high school parking lot.

The storm touched down about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Weimar, a town of about 2,200 residents 85 miles west of Houston. City Emergency Management Coordinator Charles Rogers says the eight injured were working in a trailer preparing food for a fundraiser at Weimar High School. He said their injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.

Rogers said the school and a hospital suffered roof damage, forcing 10 patients to be moved to other hospitals.

The storm winds also toppled 25 cars of a Union Pacific freight train. Union Pacific spokeswoman Raquel Espinoza says none of the crew was injured.

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