Waco fertiliser plant explodes

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 18 April 2013 | 19.55

Dozens of people are feared dead and hundreds are injured after a fertiliser factory near Waco, Texas, exploded.

MEDICS fear up to 70 people are dead and many more injured after an explosion at a fertiliser plant in Texas that levelled buildings and forced an entire town to be evacuated.

The grim death toll was given by a senior doctor at West hospital following the blast, and reported by local station KHTX, but has yet to be confirmed by other officials.

While West's Emergency Medical Services Director Dr George Smith was cited as saying as many as 60 or 70 people died, doctors at Hillcrest Medical Centre in Waco said none of the 66 injured taken there had died.

Babies and the elderly are among those injured in the blast, with homes within a four-block radius of the fertiliser plant flattened and several more on fire.

The massive explosion happened about 10.50am (AEST) at West Fertilizer, in the town of West, 30km north of Waco.

The town of 2800 residents has been ordered to evacuate as toxic smoke from the explosion spreads.

Several people are believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings including residents at the Rest Haven nursing home.

Follow live updates at news.com.au.

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