Texas Hasn’t Surveyed Injuries From West Explosion

The Texas Department of State Health Services has yet to survey the injuries from the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion in West, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

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DALLAS (July 28, 2013)--More than three months after the April 17 explosion at West Fertilizer Co., which killed 15 people and left hundreds hurt, the state still has not started surveying blast injuries, the Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

Federal and state officials suggest such a study could boost understanding about how many others may be in similar danger, but the Texas Department of State Health Services cannot even definitively say how many people were hurt in the blast.

An unofficial count estimates more than 300 may have been injured.

In 1995, when a truck bomb demolished an Oklahoma City federal building killing 168 people, state officials immediately tracked casualties.

After the West blast, federal officials sent an e-mail to the Texas health department emphasizing the importance of such a survey.

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