Texas plant responders died of trauma, blast

FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo the remains of the the West Fertilizer Co. plant smolder in the rain in West, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool, File)
FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo the remains of the the West Fertilizer Co. plant smolder in the rain in West, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool, File)

WACO, Texas (AP) — Autopsy results for emergency responders killed in a fiery Central Texas fertilizer plant explosion have shown all died of blunt force trauma or blast injuries.

Fifteen people died and about 200 were hurt as a result of the April 17 blast at the plant in West. Ten victims were first-responders rushing to the initial blaze.

The Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/15Pkpu4 ) reported Thursday on autopsy results for 14 of the 15 victims. The other report wasn’t immediately available.

At least half of the firefighters were wearing protective gear when their bodies were recovered.

The victims also included a 65-year-old woman discovered at an apartment complex and a 96-year-old nursing home resident also died of injuries sustained in the explosion.

A justice of the peace has ruled the deaths accidental.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com

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