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Man injured by Garland tornado dies; death toll to 12

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A 12th person has died of injuries from a North Texas tornado outbreak Dec. 26.

A police statement says 35-year-old Leonardo Mota of Garland died early Saturday at Medical Center of Plano of injuries from one of the 10 tornadoes that struck North Texas the day after Christmas. Garland Police say Mota was driving on Interstate 30 in southern Garland when an EF-4 tornado lifted his truck and trailer and flung it from the roadway.

Another man in Mota’s truck, 19-year-old Jose Oviedo Juarez, also was among nine motorists and passengers killed when the twister crossed the interstate’s interchange with the President George Bush Turnpike. Three more died in Collin County, north of Dallas. The Insurance Council of Texas estimates the tornado outbreak caused at least $1.2 billion in damage.

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