An explosion at a fertilizer plant in West Texas has killed as many as 20+ people and has injured many more.
According to an article by the Associated Press, the blast at West Fertilizer in West Texas, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened shortly before 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north.
Gov. Rick Perry said state officials are waiting for details about the extent of the damage.
“We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident,” Perry said.”We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.”
According to the article, Glenn A. Robinson, the chief executive of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, told CNN that his hospital had received 66 injured people for treatment, including 38 who were seriously hurt. He said the injuries included blast injuries, orthopedic injuries, large wounds and a lot of lacerations and cuts. The hospital has set a hotline for families of the victims to get information, he said.
The explosion knocked out power to many area customers and could be heard and felt for miles around.