Two men are still recovering after they were caught in a tornado late Saturday night. Both men were at a Petrohawk/BHB Billiton work site along Highway 1, about 15 miles South of Shreveport.
Caddo Fire District 5 Chief, Keith Harris tells said all that was left of the trailers the injured men were in is their frames. One worker had a leg injury. The second had more serious, possibly life threatening injuries including a head injury, according to Harris.
The National Weather Service classified this tornado as an EF-1 tornado that started in DeSoto Parish. It traveled into Red River Parish where it damaged a house, and then it made its way into Caddo Parish where the Petrohawk workers were injured.
"We got there and there was debris everywhere, and we had gentlemen from Petrohawk that were actually on the rig and went out in the field and recovered the two other guys that were injured," said Harris.
KSLA News 12 reached out to Petrohawk/BHB Billiton with questions about their weather safety procedures. They declined an interview, but issued this statement:
"At approximately 11:35 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, a strong storm producing winds in excess 100 mph, occurred near a BHB Billiton Petroleum well site, the Peironnet 28H, located about 15 miles South of Shreveport, LA in Caddo Parish. There were two reported injuries, but no release or spill from well site. Injured workers were transported to nearby hospitals for medical treatment. No other details concerning their conditions are available at this time. We will provide details regarding the incident as they become available. "
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning at 11:12 p.m. Saturday night. They issued a Tornado Watch at 11:30, but they never issued a Tornado Warning.