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Published July 03, 2012, 06:41 PM

Itasca State Park takes direct hit on one of the busiest weeks

Itasca State Park, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the hardest hit areas is Itasca State Park. It took a direct hit. And it comes on one of the busiest weeks of the year.

Itasca State Park, MN (WDAY TV) - One of the hardest hit areas is Itasca State Park. It took a direct hit. And it comes on one of the busiest weeks of the year.

We got in and hit the seat and said we're sitting ducks in here. A flick of the switch and it hit the truck. The hood of Carlson's Red Chevy took the brunt of the giant pine that fell in there campsite.

Kiadea Carlson - Camping at Itasca: "I was pretty scared and when it hit the truck I thought we were all going to die."

The family had just returned to their site in the Pine Ridge Campground around 7 last night when the storm hit and they headed for the truck.

Big tree skidded down that little one the whole way and I'm thinking if maybe that wasn't there it would have taken out the whole cab and we wouldn't be doing this interview I think.

Right after the storm access to the Pine Ridge campground was cut off as three giant pines covered the entrance.

We found this pop with one end slice off over in the bear paw campground. Amazingly no injuries have been reported at the park.

The Elfering familly just down the road is here on a 2 week vacation.

Alecia Elfering: "it came so fast, we jumped inside the camper and just like that a tree came down behind us and my father in law and my husband went outside to watch where the trees were falling and telling us to go to the front of the camper go to the back of the camper, tell us to get out of the way. So we didn't get hit by a tree."

A gash in the back of there trailer is all the escaped with. This big tree on the picnic table had to be pulled off before there camper could be moved to the safety of new site.

Krista Elfering: "Seriously thought it was a tornado in the area and I had no idea what was going to happen. The most terrifying 30 minutes of my life."

The widespread damage and the randomness of it would seem to indicate a micro-burst or straight line winds. The National Weather Service is estimating that winds of up to 80 mph took out the giant pines of Itasca.

And all this damage has made for new picture taking opportunities in Minnesota Flagship park. Giving a lot of people a great fourth of JUly tale to tell.

It will be a great story and it's something he'll be able to tell it for quite a while. The trucks replaceable so we are very very lucky.

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