The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the Texas plant explosion…
Death Toll Rises to 14 With 200 Injured After Texas Explosion
Fourteen people have now been confirmed dead with 200 people injured after a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
Original reports cited the death toll between 5 and 15 with at least 160 people injured, with a previously unknown number of residents missing that has since been allegedly estimated at 60, although Texas government officials say the actual number of missing persons is still “confusing.”
via NBC News
While the death toll from a horrific fertilizer plant explosion was raised to 14 Friday, after two additional bodies were found, investigators later said that the number of people who were still missing had been overblown.
Earlier Friday, Sen. John Cornyn said 60 people were still unaccounted for after one the worst American industrial accidents in recent years.
But officials later said that the list of missing people that had been provided was “confusing.”
Mayor Tommy Muska said there are “a lot of displaced people,” so the list is misleading. Most — if not all of those missing — have been found, officials said, adding that they still do not have an accurate count of those who are still missing.
The explosion occurred just before 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday in West, Texas, which is north of Waco. The scene was described by witnesses as looking like a bombing site in a war zone.
Approximately 200 people were injured and three rescue fire trucks were destroyed, Sgt. Jason Reyes Reyes said. Five volunteer firefighters and four emergency services workers are among the dead, officials said.
It truly is both heartbreaking and heroic how so many emergency service workers risk their lives to save others only to end up among those who lost their lives.