A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday night left much of the small town of West, Texas, in ruins. "These are our neighbors, they are coming to help," Waco Police Department Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said Thursday. "You will find that in Texas. You will find that across the United States. We put everything aside when it comes to these types of situations."
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With more than 160 people injured and others unaccounted for, the need for blood is great and will increase. Currently The Blood Center of Central Texas and Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are asking primarily for O positive, O negative and type A blood. The Red Cross of Central Texas has a complete list of area locations currently taking blood donations.
An explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant about 18 miles north of Waco may have injured 100 people. Glenn Robinson, CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, tells Anderson Cooper his staff set up a triage area on a nearby football field for anyone who needs medical attention.
For information about patients at Hillcrest Hospital, call 254-202-1100.
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