Texas Plant Explosion Death Toll Raised to 14

Texas Plant Explosion Death Toll Raised to 14

Staff Report

WEST, TEXAS - The death toll from a horrific fertilizer plant explosion was raised to 14 Friday after two additional bodies were found, investigators said.

60 people were still unaccounted for after one the worst American industrial accidents in recent years, officials said.

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, and volunteer firefighters are believed to be among the dead.

Reyes said at least 50 homes were damaged when the plant, which sits adjacent to a residential area, exploded.

He said no residents were being allowed back in the area, and thanked the search and rescue crews for their "professionalism and heroism as they try to bring closure."

It's not known what caused the massive blast. The operation was still considered a search-and-rescue effort on Friday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was expected to visit the small town of West later in the day.