Coroner releases names of Convent RV park tornado victims
NEW ORLEANS - The St. James Parish Coroner has released the names of those killed in a tornado that ripped through an RV park during Tuesday’s bout of severe weather.
59-year-old David Eugene Swann, of Satsuma, Alabama and 51-year-old Scott Ellis of North Carolina died Tuesday. St. James Parish Coroner Dr. Randall Poché was not sure of Ellis’ hometown.
Autopsies have been performed as of Thursday morning, but the results aren’t in hand as of yet.
Poché told The Associated Press he suspects both men died from blunt force trauma.
Thirty other residents of the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent were injured.
Officials in St. James say many residents of the park were contractors who worked at chemical plants along the Mississippi River corridor.
The National Weather Service has reported the tornado that hit the trailer park was an EF-2 tornado with winds ranging from 111 to 135 mph.