It is unclear whether it was a tornado or high winds that flipped a mobile home Tuesday night at 1508 Mock Road, Bellville at approximately 10 p.m. The resident, an elderly woman, was injured and was helped by a passerby before emergency services arrived. A tree also fell across the road in front of the home and struck a car.
The woman, identified by Bellville Police as Shirley Wiekle, was transported to MedCentral Hospital, Mansfield, and treated for minor injuries.
The home leaked propane and the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department monitored the damage in the event of a fire. Sections of the trailer’s siding were blown into the trees behind the home.
Richland County issued a Tornado Warning at 9:03 p.m. Tuesday evening following an 8:53 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning at approximately 9:01 p.m. In addition to high winds, which left trees and limbs down around the county, pea-sized hail fell in some areas.
Another tree, a short distance from the mobile home, dropped a large limb on a pick-up truck parked at a neighboring residence.