MARION COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Marion County Sheriff has released the identity of the woman killed in a Brushy Creek campsite during severe weather overnight.
Extreme thunderstorms and high winds cost the life of a south Texas woman late Saturday night.
Sheriff David McKnight says Mary Pinney, 40, from Mt. Belvieu, Texas, was struck and killed by a windblown large tree that fell on the tent that she and her family were camping in. Mrs. Pinney's husband was seriously injured in the accident and transported to an area hospital, but the sheriff says that the three children also present in the tent were not injured.
The family was camped at Brushy Creek Campground, a US Army Corp of Engineer's maintained campground located on the southwest shore of Lake of the Pines. According to the National Weather Service, apparent straight line winds blew down large trees inside the campground and in other residential neighborhoods in the area. Numerous power lines were down and roads were blocked by fallen trees and debris. The NWS says there is no evidence of a tornado in the area.
The campground was full when the storm struck, McKnight confirmed. He said many children and teenagers were present and getting an apparent jump start on next week's spring break. There were a few more minor and moderate injured that were transported to hospitals by private vehicle, but the exact number has not been determined, he said. Debris cleanup and damage assessment will continue for several more days, along with removal of the numerous damaged RV's and vehicles.
Responding departments included the Texas Department of Public Safety, US Army Corp of Engineers, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, along with fire departments from Harelton in Harrison County, and Marion County VFD's from Jackson and Mims. Several private citizens with chain saws and tools also assisted in this effort.