Explosion in Texas kills 60, injures hundreds more

  • Jonno11

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    Apr 18, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Reports are scattered but West, Texas has suffered an apparent fertilizer plant explosion, leveling part of the small city including schools and a nursing home. Reports of multiple firefighters and police killed and injured, as well as dozens of civilians killed, and hundreds more injured. Obviously too early to tell, but at first glance it appears to be an accident and not anything more orchestrated. Reports are that the entire city is under an evacuation order and emergency crews are going door to door to clear buildings of occupants. Mayor states that initial response crews have not been accounted for. Thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.

    http://kwkt.com/news/caught-camera-fertilizer-plant-explosion-near-waco

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Explosion-Rocks-Fertilizer-Plant-During-Fire-203508011.html
  • Jonno11

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    Apr 18, 2013 9:14 AM GMT
    Latest word is 6 Firefighters, 2 Paramedics, and 1 police officer confirmed dead, additional emergency personnel are still unaccounted for. Estimates range from 50-70 dead. Roughly 200 people transported to area hospitals with varying injuries. Over 100 homes destroyed, an apartment complex collapsed, middle school has been destroyed by fire, high school has partially collapsed, nursing home/ hospital suffered damage and has been evacuated. Fires are said to be under control now. Door to door search is continuing for more victims. Plant fire and blast are said to have been caused by overheating of Ammonium Nitrate storage tanks.
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:27 PM GMT
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    In Boston they had numerous medical personnel, police, fire and EMS on the scene already for the marathon and Boston has tons of hospitals in the area.

    This small town didn't have that and the closest major hospital is probably about 30 miles away. Have a feeling the death toll will skyrocket but let's hope not.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:17 PM GMT
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    In Boston they had numerous medical personnel, police, fire and EMS on the scene already for the marathon and Boston has tons of hospitals in the area.

    This small town didn't have that and the closest major hospital is probably about 30 miles away. Have a feeling the death toll will skyrocket but let's hope not.

    About 20 miles, in Waco, straight down Interstate 35. I actually stopped in West a few times when driving I-35, easier on and off than busier Waco, and they had a few fast food places and gas at the interchange, I didn't go into the town alongside the highway. Very flat land in that stretch as I remember, any explosion would have swept unhindered.

    Fort Hood is southwest of Waco, so I guess about 40 miles from West. Military hospitals are authorized to take civilian patients in certain cases, so that may be available, too, as well as Army medivac choppers. When I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, the Army hospital there was designated a local trauma center for all residents, including non-military.
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    Apr 18, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
    so sad to hear so many people died away my prayers for those affected

    sincere emotions for all
    its a tragic accident