A powerful tornado ripped through the town of Rice, Texas Sunday afternoon and left four injured and a whole lot of debris in its path. The North Texas town suffered as the 117 mph tornado lifted up cars, uprooted trees and wreaked havoc everywhere it touched.
Rice, Texas, a town of about 950 people located 45 miles south of Dallas, experienced the brunt of the storm. A truck traveling on Interstate 45 overturned and ending up hitting another car injuring 4 people. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported.
Eric Meyers, Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator, was driving at the time the tornado touched down and recorded video to document the event. He said later in a TV interview, “The sheer power was just amazing.”
Video after the jump!
Michael Harper, another witness who was driving from Plano to Kingwood in his SUV, described what he saw. An enormous 18-wheeler hauling a dump truck was blown in his direction by the tornado and crushed his SUV:
The next thing I knew it was on top of me, and we were up against the median. I thought it was two vehicles on me, but he actually has a dump truck as his load. If he had been off a few inches, the dump truck would’ve landed on the cab.
The dump truck crushed Harper’s SUV with debris coming within inches of the driver’s seat. He was able to climb out the window and take a picture. Talk about luck.
Watch the shocking video of the Rice, Texas tornado below: