Hundreds Seek Help After West Plant Explosion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Red Cross officials say nearly 300 families have visited a relief center since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Central Texas town.

Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says the recovery center in West will remain open through Sunday.

The April 17 blast in West - a town about 70 miles south of Fort Worth - killed 14 people and left about 200 hurt. Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fiery accident.

Foster says Red Cross teams have served about 18,000 meals and snacks since the disaster. The agency has handed out shovels, rakes and work gloves as more residents are allowed back into damaged parts of West in a process that continued Monday.

A boil water notice remains in effect for West as crews repair damaged lines.

Meanwhile, more entertainers will be making music in support of West.

Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival on Monday announced next month's performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West.

The Texas Thunder Festival will be held May 17-19 in Gardendale, near Odessa. Performers include the Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, the Casey Donahew Band, the Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue.

Country great Willie Nelson performed Sunday night in the Austin area to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department. Nelson grew up in nearby Abbott.

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