Rescue workers are spending Tuesday morning going home-to-home, business-to-business - searching for people trapped or injured after the massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas - near Waco. The blast was so powerful that it registered as a 2.1 magnitude, seismic event and wiped out everything for blocks.
Initial estimates by police say as many as five to 15 people have died. Firefighters who responded to a blaze that preceded the explosion could be among them. More than 160 people are being treated at area hospitals.
This morning West EMS Director Dr. George Smith joins “Early Start” by phone to discuss the aftermath of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
Smith who also serves as the Medical Director for a Nursing home in the area says “I think we probably saved some lives by getting some people on the other side of the nursing home.” Shortly after relocating some of the nursing home members, Smith says “the windows and the ceilings… fell in on me.”
Between seven and 10 nursing home residents weren’t accounted for in the chaos of the explosion says Smith. “They may have been picked up by family members. We don’t know because it was very very hectic,” he adds.
Overnight homes in West, Texas were leveled due to an explosion at a nearby fertilizer plant. Waco Police Sgt. William Swanton says up to 15 people may be dead and other officials have said that number could climb a lot higher.
Thousands of people evacuated and rescue crews are still searching for the missing. This morning Mayor Tommy Muska joins “Early Start” by phone to discuss the aftermath of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
“It is a devastating thing. Our citizens are just… torn up about it and I am too but we’re doing our best to keep going.” He adds, “I’m sure we lost some really good people today.”
Huge explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant leaves more than 160 injured and dozens of buildings leveled.