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West Residents Asked to Complete Survey About Explosion Injuries

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People in West are being asked to take a survey.

The idea is to find out more about the extent of injuries caused in last April's fertilizer plant explosion.

Bryan Anderson, owner of Pizza House of West still remembers where he was the moment the fertilizer plant exploded.

"We were within a couple hundred yards, driving down Reagan Street," Anderson said. "My 10-year-old son and I."

That's the kind of information the state and the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District needs.

They hope to answer key questions about safety by looking deeper into how people were injured.

"Is it safer in this situation to be outside or inside," asked Kelly Craine of Waco-McLennan County Public Health District. "What type of injuries were caused based on where you were in relation to the explosion?"

The questions vary.

If you were inside, what was that building made of? Were you upstairs or downstairs?

If you were in the car, were you parked or driving?

What were your injuries like?

They're aiming for full participation, so they're making several attempts to contact every single person in West.

They're making phone calls, but if those go unanswered, you'll find the survey in your mailbox.

West Mayor Tommy Muska says he fully supports the research and he's encouraging people to participate.

"They wanted our blessing and wanted our help in making sure the citizens knew that this was a legitimate survey," Muska said.

Bryan Anderson missed two calls from the district office -- but just got the survey in the mail.

"Now that I've got the survey in letter form in my hand, I guess I'll fill it out and send it back to them," Anderson said.

The district is giving people these options, so they can answer the questions on their own terms, however they feel comfortable.

The study should be completed by the end of this month and a summary will be posted on the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District website.

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