HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Three people were injured when strong storms moved through southern Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Officials with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office said the three people were evaluated at a local hospital after being hurt at the Western Kentucky State Fair. About 3,900 people were at the fairgrounds on Richard Street in Hopkinsville when the storm moved in.
The rides were stopped and fair-goers were warned over the PA system that a storm was approaching. They were told to seek shelter at the nearby convention center.
Witnesses said the wind came out of nowhere, and it was so strong it shifted some of the rides off of their foundation.
A man working at the Pirate Ship ride was hurt when he tried to exit the operating booth that was suspended six feet in the air. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but was expected to be ok.
Two attendees fell and suffered minor injuries.
Other parts of Hopkinsville also suffered damage. A tree fell on a home on Stanley Street, which is about two miles away from the fairgrounds. No one was hurt in that incident.