Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Disaster Survivors to Marshal in IndyCar Race

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013  |  Updated 9:50 AM CDT
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Disaster Survivors to Marshal in IndyCar Race

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Justin Wilson of England, driver of the #18 Sonny's BBQ Honda Dallara, races during the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Two teachers from an Oklahoma school demolished by a tornado will be co-grand marshals at the IndyCar Series race Saturday night in Texas.

Jennifer Simonds and Anna Canaday were in Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20 when the school took a direct hit. The educators, who'll be recognized at the race in Fort Worth, used their bodies to shield kindergarten students.

More tornadoes hit Oklahoma last week and Canaday's home and vehicles were destroyed.

The honorary race starter waving the green flag will be C.J. Gillaspie, a captain of the West Volunteer Fire Department among the first responders during the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

The fiery blast claimed 15 lives and left about 200 people hurt in West, about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.


West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
Complete coverage of a massive fertilizer plant explosion that leveled blocks of the small Texas town of West, TX. Click here for more.

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