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Weather Event Flips Trailer, Injures Dacono Man

May 23, 2008
Publish Date: 5/22/2008 LaRoy Evans, a salvage contractor, walks around the property of John Brookman after what witnesses believe was a tornado struck shortly before 1 p.m. today at Weld County roads 6 and 11, southeast of Dacono. Jerry Taft, the son of Brookman's wife, Carolyn, was living inside the trailer when it was flipped. Taft was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette and is in stable condition. Morgan Varon/Times Call ‘Weather event’ flips trailer, injures Dacono man Longmont Times-Call DACONO — A Dacono man was injured shortly before 1 p.m. today after what might have been a tornado flipped the camper trailer he was staying in, witnesses said. John and Carolyn Brookman were working on a rental home in Brighton when a contractor called and told them he thought a tornado hit their property on the southeast corner of Weld County roads 6 and 11. Carolyn Brookman’s son, Jerry Taft, was living in the fifth-wheel trailer, parked south of their home. The tornado — or “weather event,” as officials are calling it — flipped the trailer onto its top. Taft was taken to Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette. As of 3:45 p.m., he was in stable condition and could be released from the hospital today, a hospital spokeswoman said. Officials have not confirmed that a tornado touched down on the Brookmans’ property, but several outbuildings there were damaged. The original house — built by John Brookman’s grandparents in the early 1900s — was destroyed, with the debris landing on top of Carolyn Brookman’s white Lexus sedan. “That little building, I’ve been wanting that torn down, ... but not that way,” Carolyn Brookman said. The couple’s home, just a few yards away from the original house, had some siding pulled off but was otherwise undamaged. Cliff Trostel, an owner of High Ball Erectors on the northeast side of Weld County roads 6 and 11, saw the storm coming in and ushered his employees into a far corner of a shed that was not damaged. “We get microbursts and windstorms coming through all the time,” Trostel said. The tornado destroyed a 160-foot by 40-foot shed that housed an old tractor, an old truck and a pontoon boat, Trostel said. The roof of another storage shed also was taken off. Debris from those buildings was blown several hundred yards north. A dollar estimate of the damage was not available yet, said Wendy Forbes, spokeswoman for the North Metro Fire District. Also near Dacono, police officers reported a tornado about 4 miles west of the town at about 12:30 p.m. today.