Gophers TE’s family safe after fertilizer plant explosion

by Nate Gotlieb

Gophers tight end and West, Texas, native Lincoln Plsek said via Twitter that his family is safe after a fertilizer plant exploded last night in West, killing five to 15 and injuring at least 160.

"My family and friends and their families that I've talked to are okay," Plsek posted to his Twitter account Thursday morning. "It's just really bad down there. A lot of chaos last night."

The explosion struck the plant at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, leveling a four-block area of the town, according to the Associated Press.  

Plsek attended Reicher High School, a private catholic school about 20 miles from West. His high school football coach, Mark Waggoner, said he spoke to Plsek's family Thursday and confirmed they were all safe.

Waggoner, also the athletics director at Reicher, said about 40 students and several faculty members at Reicher were involved in the blast but classes went on as scheduled.  

Plsek will address the media after the Gophers' football practice Thursday.