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Berks family among survivors of deadly tornado in Virginia

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 25 2014 04:44:11 PM CDT

A Berks County family is among the survivors of Thursday morning's deadly tornado that swept across Virginia's eastern shore.

A Berks County family is among the survivors of Thursday morning's deadly tornado that swept across Virginia's eastern shore.

"It started shaking and rumbling and I thought it was just a bad storm. I looked out the window and everything was just flying at that point," said Dorena Gochanour, of Alsace Township.

Gochanour was vacationing with family at the Cherrystone Family Camping Resort when the tornado ripped through around 8:30 a.m., knocking down trees and flipping over campers.

Gochanour and her mother were inside one of the family's two trailers, now both totaled.

"It started bouncing and then we just flipped. My mom said the only thing she could see was me flipping over the top of her. She got wedged between the refrigerator and the floor," Gochanour said.

Gochanour, her parents, husband, son, and three accompanying boys were all transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, faced with minor injuries.

One of the boys remained hospitalized overnight, with a bruised spine, but was released Friday.

Gochanour said her son has a possible broken arm and her husband has a possible broken shinbone.  

"We have a lot of battle wounds," she said. "We're all glad just to be alive. The other stuff is just materialistic. I'm just glad we're alive and okay."

Officials said that two people, a couple from Jersey City, New Jersey, were killed in the storm when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son was last reported to be in critical condition. Dozens more were transported for medical treatment, officials said.