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Survivors in US-Mexico Border Town Recall Sheer Terror of Deadly Tornado

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May 27, 2015

Rescue workers treat an injured person after a powerful tornado swept past in Ciudad Acuna, northern Mexico, Monday, May 25, 2015, after a powerful tornado touched down. (Associated Press)

José Francisco Contreras and his wife were driving to the bus he takes to his job at a factory in northern Mexico when the winds picked up and torrential rain began to fall.

They tried to turn around and flee, but their car was lifted by a howling tornado and flung about 650 feet to land on its roof in a grassy plaza. Airborne bricks and concrete blocks made loud bangs as they pummeled the vehicle.

"We were spinning around in the air, like four times," Contreras said. His wife, Araceli Alcala, said she "was terrified."

Contreras broke his ankle trying to kick their way out of the car, but both survived the sudden, devastating twister in Ciudad Acuña that killed 13 people, including a baby boy, and destroyed more than 200 homes.

The child's body was found amid the rubble of shattered houses in the city across the border from Del Rio, Texas, Ciudad Acuña Mayor Evaristo Pérez said Tuesday.

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Related: City of Cuidad Acuna Cleans Up Tornado Damage (KGNS)

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