VALLIANT, Okla. (KTAL/KMSS) – The McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office confirms one woman is dead following severe storms overnight Sunday.
Strong winds toppled several large trees onto a mobile home on Sandpiper Road west of Valliant trapping the occupants inside.
“The south end of the house, a tree limb fell onto the house,” said McCurtain County Sheriff Kevin Clardy. “The occupants ran to the north end of the house, and that’s when the bigger tree fell and basically collapsed the north end of the mobile home.”
They were able to locate two of residents and escorted them to a rescue truck while they cut away the trees to gain access to the third person, Veronica Leard, 49. Leard was pronounced dead on the scene.
“She was pinned between the roof and a bed, I think,” said Clardy. “The fire department was able to locate her after they removed a lot of the debris and part of the ceiling from the residence.”
Clardy said Leard’s husband and son, who were also inside the home at the time of the accident, were treated for minor injuries.
Family members are remembering Leard as a hard-working caretaker for her family.
“Oklahoma lady working with the family,” said Fackrell.
Clardy said his office contacted the Red Cross to offer assistance to the family. Disaster relief volunteers were on-site Monday to survey the damage.
“We’ll go in and they’ll have no idea what they’re gonna do or where to start,” said Nelson Camp, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. “And we can usually go in and have it cleaned up in a few hours, where they’d have been days or weeks working on it.”
Camp said he hopes to have a team of volunteers in place Tuesday to begin removing the debris from the home.
Pine Creek VFD, McCurtain County EMS and the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office assisted the scene.