One man was injured at the Aurora, Colo., club when the golf cart he was in flipped over from tornado winds, which also knocked over two nearby trailers that were tethered to the ground.
The father of a child competing in the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tournament was injured after a tornado touched down near Blackstone Country Club in Aurora, Colo., Sunday afternoon, the Denver-based NBC 9 News reported.
According to director of Gold League, the man injured was identified as John Leede, who suffered a broken wrist when the golf cart he was in flipped over trying to drive away from the storm. Paul Cleveland, who was also in the golf cart, says they were driving up the 18th hole when the “horrifying” moment happened, 9 News reported.
“The tornado hits us, picks us [and] the cart off the ground, then moves us about a foot,” said Cleveland. “We actually had to lift the golf cart off the side of [Leede’s] head.”
Just a few feet away, neighbors who were watching and recording the twister saw two of the victims yell for help, Denver-based ABC 7 News reported.
“They were yelling, ‘Call 911. Call 911.’ So I ran into the house yelling, ‘someone get a phone and call 911,’” Keri Saccomano said.
Saccomano and her father, Michael Celentano, jumped over their fence and ran to the golf cart, 7 News reported.
“I grabbed my first aid kit,” Saccomano said. “I could still hear my instructors suggestions from my first aid class.”
Saccomano said they helped lift the cart off the injured victim, and tried not to move him. Celentano, a law enforcement officer from Florida, said it took the ambulance longer than it should have to find the injured parties because they were in an area of the golf course that was fenced off from the nearest road, 7 News reported.
Once the first responders got there, they evaluated the victim and helped him walk to the ambulance. Capt. Diane Lord of the Aurora Fire Department told 7 News that none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.
Leede was treated at an area hospital and Cleveland said he is doing OK. There were up to 97 kids in the tournament at the time, 9 News reported.
Celentano said he’s never seen storm clouds like the ones he saw in Aurora. He watched as the rotation grew stronger, and initially thought that some of the white items swirling around in the wind were a flock of birds, 7 News reported.
“Then, as it started getting closer to the house and the golf course, we could see that it was paper and debris and tree limbs and stuff,” Celentano said.
The winds also knocked over two nearby trailers that were tethered to the ground, 7 News reported.