Cornyn: 60 people unaccounted for in West, Texas explosion

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said 60 people are still unaccounted for after a massive blast at a Texas fertilizer plant on Wednesday.

Twelve bodies have been recovered — most of them first-responders — but local officials fear the death toll could rise precipitously.

Cornyn toured the blast site on Friday, along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Afterward, he told The Dallas Morning News that 60 people were still missing, but that some of them may just be staying with friends or family.

"There are a number of confirmed dead but a number who are unaccounted for," Cornyn told reporters at a press conference.

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On Wednesday night, a massive explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, injured more than 160 residents and leveled a four-block area around the blast. 

Cruz said it was too early to begin assessing blame for disaster.

"We need to allow time for a careful investigation of what occurred. We all want to know what happened here," he said. "It would be a mistake to rush to a conclusion."