60 People Still Missing After Texas Blast Kills 12

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Sixty people are still unaccounted for after a fertilizer plant exploded earlier in the week, flattening part of a small Texas town and killing 12 people, officials said.

“With a heavy heart I can confirm 12 people have been recovered, deceased,” Sgt. Jason Reyes said at a brief press conference Friday morning. Later in the day, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said that 60 people are missing.

The explosion occurred just before 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) 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, Reyes said. Volunteer firefighters are believed to be among the dead.

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