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Keely Perkins and Teresa Pendergrass Give First-Hand Accounts of Devastation In West, Texas Plant Explosion [AUDIO]

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On Monday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News Teresa Pendergrass and Keely Perkins talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about their first-hand accounts of the tragedy in the town of West, Texas.

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Perkins lived in West, Texas for 7 years and was very close to the community in the small Texas town. When she learned that her friend’s husband had gone missing, she went down to West herself to see if she could help. But on her way there, she learned that the husband did not make it.  Perkins described the scene she saw as windows were blown out everywhere she looked and homes were completely demolished.

Although the authorities are saying that people in West are returning to their homes, Perkins said otherwise. She said the people who are returning home are only returning with escorts form EMS and insurance agencies to see what is salvageable. These people are not allowed to stay in their homes. She added that many people are still staying with family or friends, or staying at the hotel in West until they can return home.

Be sure and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Tom Collins and Laura Mac weekdays from 6 AM to 8:30 AM on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at

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