ALTO, Texas (AP) — A survivor of a deadly Texas tornado says he managed to crawl out of a grass house at a Native American historic site before the twister hurled it into the distance with two other people still inside.

Jeff Williams of Nacogdoches is president of Friends of Caddo Mounds, a historic site in Alto that was among areas across the South that was pummeled by storms over the weekend.

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The Oklahoma native told KTRE-TV Tuesday that he helped build the beehive-shaped grass structure using the Caddo Nation method.

Williams says the house “disintegrated” and the tornado dropped the other occupants “a couple hundred yards” away. They survived.

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Caddo Mounds was hosting a cultural event when the tornado struck. One person died and more than 20 were hurt.

 

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