A young woman and her two twin daughters were killed and 37 other people injured on Thursday night (24 July) when a tornado hit the small town of St.
CU Sign "St. Bonaventure"
CU Debris hanging from telegraph wires
GV House with roof partly demolished
CU School sign, toys and other articles amid ruins of collapsed building (2 shots)
SV People walking through debris (3 shots)
GV Devastation around house
GV & SV Houseowner looking at damage
CU Remains of cross on church ZOOM OUT TO GV wrecked church (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: NOLAN: "Most of the nine-hundred and fifty residents were eating supper when it struck. In three minutes the twister's four mile swathe ripped through main street. A washing machine stood in the wreckage where a young mother and her twin daughters died when their trailer ripped apart. Remarkably they were the only fatalities. Thirty-seven others were hurt -- four seriously. Seventy-five homes were levelled, fifty more received damage. Trees became kindling, power lines were down, and all communication to the outside was severed. The once magnificent cathedral, a gathering place for this French-speaking community, was in ruins. Inhabitants surveying the damage expect the Government to help them to put the pieces back together -- a job that will cost over two million dollars."
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This film is serviced with narration on sound by TVN reporter, David Nolan. A transcript of his commentary is provided on page two.
REPORTER: DAVID NOLAN
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Background: A young woman and her two twin daughters were killed and 37 other people injured on Thursday night (24 July) when a tornado hit the small town of St. Bonaventure, near Montreal in Quebec State.
The tornado struck the small community of a thousand inhabitants twice within half-an-hour, uprooting trees, wrecking homes, and leaving an estimated two million dollars worth (840,000 sterling) of damage.
The woman and her two children were killed when the winds sent their caravan home tumbling over for 150 feet (50 metres). A baby was thrown out of the caravan into a stream.
A church bell tower collapsed, narrowly missing a car full of people, and power lines were brought down. The injured were taken to hospital at nearby Drummondville, and police cordoned off the town to prevent looting.
the edge of the tornado also passed over the neighbouring town of St. David, but no injuries or damage were reported.