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Tornado survivor recounts riding out the storm inside TGI Friday's

Cori Sanchez says he and his friends were getting ready to leave TGI Friday’s when the tornado hit. (KTUL)

A man who survived the tornado is speaking out about his experience. Cori Sanchez says he and his friends were getting ready to leave TGI Friday’s when the tornado hit.

“There is no way to describe what we went through,” said Sanchez, who broke down in tears.

The 23-year-old still held the hospital bracelet he received after suffering injuries during the EF-2 tornado.

“It just went black, that was it. It went black and everything exploded, basically,” said Sanchez, who also remembered the glass bowing as the rain poured.

“And then it just crashed and threw everyone, it threw everyone inside. And I mean glass, you had people underneath things. There was a lot of blood. We had a friend, her arm was open from here to here,” he said, demonstrating the extent of her injuries.

His own elbow is still bandaged from trying to protect his head. Sanchez says the wind threw him through a wall.

“Just, still trying to get a sense of normal because you just don’t know. I’ve only slept a few hours like a lot of people,” he said, crying.

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Dazed, he remembers they were trapped and how they ran to the back for shelter.

“People were trapped and we had to work to get each other from underneath things. And try to get everyone wounds treated, because we didn’t know, but EMSA got there pretty quickly,” said Sanchez, who took the ride in the ambulance.

His keys are still inside the debris of Friday’s and his car is still parked in the lot. But he wonders how he and his friends survived.

“They are treated, but we are not OK," he said.

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