By Zac Ellis
A massive explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant late Wednesday night reportedly left more than 160 people injured and at least five dead. The news continues to filter out of the area, but it seems the Baylor football program, which is located just 20 miles south of West, is among those working to aid the victims.
Baylor head coach Art Briles said in a tweet early Thursday that his coaching staff was en route to the explosion site to offer help:
Thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbors in the city of West, TX. The football staff at Baylor is heading to donate blood and clothes
— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) April 18, 2013
The Baylor athletic department as a whole is spreading information on how the community can also assist those affected by the blast:
RT @baylor: #BAYLOR COMMUNITY: Here's how to help: bit.ly/13jVrRn. more @ bit.ly/13jTsMU as things progress. #PrayForWest
— Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) April 18, 2013
As it happens, Thursday signals the beginning of "Diadeloso," an annual festival in which Baylor students are given the day off to take part in a host of campus activities. The tradition started in 1932 as a way to "bring smiles to the faces of students" by giving them a break from classes, but Baylor is working to instead use the day to help those affected by the West blast. The school and its students are using the Twitter hashtag #DiaDelWest to show support for the victims:
Wondering how to help, #Baylor? Here's the info we've got: bit.ly/13jTsMU. We'll update that as things move forward. #DiaDelWestOur thoughts go out to the victims of the West explosion.
— Baylor Proud (@BaylorProud) April 18, 2013