The National Weather Service said debris from a tornado was found Monday night near the home of Sean Zeleny and his family.
EGAN, Texas — A Johnson County man and his stepdaughter are lucky to survive a potential tornado after flipping an RV trailer several times in their backyard.
The National Weather Service said Monday night that it found debris from a tornado near the home of Shawn Zeleny and his family, east of Joshua and west of Egan.
The WFAA saw shredded vegetation, power lines, scattered debris and fallen trees along Farm Road 917 near Egan and Joshua on Monday night.
Zeleni lives off FM 917. The NWS said he was on a stretcher the first time he spoke with the WFAA, when it detected debris from a tornado.
“I’m fine, man,” he told a reporter before being taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Zeleny’s story is one he will tell for a while.
His 17-year-old stepdaughter, Brittany Deaton, was in the backyard of the family’s RV trailer when the storm began to gain momentum.
“I was about to stay in the trailer for the night; It’s so close to my house,” Deaton said. “I was sleeping, and I was scared because it was starting to get really bad.”
That’s when Deaton tried to get out, but couldn’t, she said.
“The stairs leading to the door were in the way,” Deaton said.
43-year-old Jelani was already out at this time.
“He pushed them out of the way, and I jumped down. But by the time we were trying to go home, the trailer had rolled over him and me,” Deaton said.
Deaton’s mother, Amber Zeleny, said she looked at the house in horror.
“I’m standing at the front door looking at everything, and I’m like ‘Oh my god,'” Zeleny said.
Zeleny said that her husband was in the mud next to her; He said his nose, legs and ribs were broken. He told the WFAA that neighbors rushed to rescue him as soon as possible.
“He was in really bad pain, and we were trying to help him,” Zeleny said.
Zeleni’s house was left standing, which was good news.
But the best news? Jelleni said her husband and daughter are alive.
“All of this can be changed,” she said. “they can not.”