Violent storms continued to tear across the South on Sunday, unleashing tornadoes and floodwaters that have killed at least six people, including three children.
Jace Creel, 3, and Dilynn Creel, 8, were identified as the tragic young brothers crushed to death Saturday in the back of their family’s car by a toppled tree in Lufkin, Texas, about 150 miles southeast of Dallas.
The tree “flattened the car like a pancake,” said Capt. Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office.
Both parents, who were in the front seats, survived without injury.
A GoFundMe page was set up for the family Sunday by a woman named Kirsten Redd, who wrote on Facebook that her son had been “best buds” with Dilynn since they were babies.
“The Creel family lost both boys (Jace and Dilynn) in a storm related accident Saturday,” the GoFundMe request says. “All love, support, and prayers are greatly appreciated!”
Seventeen twisters were reported on Saturday and Sunday across the South.
At least 25 people were hospitalized, including eight in critical condition, when a suspected tornado hit the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site in East Texas during a Native American cultural event in Alto, said Police Chief Jeremy Jackson.