GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) - The Great Barrington tornado touched down in 1995 on MemorialDay and it is a day many Berkshire County residents will neverforget.
It was just before 7 p.m. on May 29th, 1995 when severethunderstorms moved into Berkshire County producing an F4 tornadothat ripped through the town of Great Barrington.
Fourteen years later residents still recall the devastationthe tornado caused.
“As we approached the scene I was making a report andthe driver said oh my God, and I looked up and it was just massdestruction,” said Great Barrington Deputy Fire Chief EdMcCormick.
“I said to my listeners on the air I said the GreatBarrington Fairgrounds as you know them are no more. The tornadocame across the cemetery, it flattened the gas station and jumpedRoute 7 and went down into the fairgrounds and literally flattenedbuildings,” said Tom Jay retired WSBS disc jockey.
In all three people lost their lives. Two students and astaff member from the Eagleton School died when the car they werein was picked up and thrown by the tornado.
“In cutting up the timber that was on the land we wereable to use the timber to build the chapel and put it on the spotwhere the children had died and it some how became comforting to usand a place of worshiping and of respect,” said Bruce Bonathe Executive Director of the Eagleton School.
In addition to the chapel a plaque was placed in front ofthe cemetery where the tornado touched down, honoring the memory ofthose who died and giving recognition to all of those who helpedfollowing the devastating event.