With the new year just around the corner, Fox 44 is revisiting some of the most memorable stories of 2018.
Central Texans have battled everything from natural disasters to devastating accidents.
Some stories even fired up people nationwide.
The first story we that we chose was the explosion at the Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville.
In June the explosion killed three construction workers and injured 13 more.
Marisa Dimas, the sister of one of those injured workers said, “”This is like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from. I wake up, he’s in bed. He’s getting – going into the operation room on a daily basis. You know, they are constantly removing mucus from his lung and the buildup, and they’re constantly working on his wounds.”
The hospital and nearby retirement homes were evacuated.
Investigators say the natural gas caused the accident.
The second major headline was the rape case.
The former Baylor fraternity president Jacob Anderson accused of violently raping a woman at the party pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint in exchange for dropping the rape charges.
On Dec. 10, McLennan County judge accepted that plea deal – sparking outrage across the country.
Anderson was ordered to pay a $400 fine and sentenced to three years of probation.
The victim’s lawyer disagreed.
Vic Feazell said, “”The evidence is incredible, he nearly choked her to death, he raped her violently, he left her passed out in her own vomit – the rape exam confirmed rape.”
The judge said there was not enough evidence to take the case to trial.
And wild fires scorched Central Texas in July of 2018.
The Coryell County’s Harmon Road fire burned a 1,000 acres of land and forced hundreds to evacuate.
Several fire departments joined the Texas A&M Forest Service to fight the fires.
Brad Hensel, a homeowner said, “”Just to see it, it looks just like a war zone. Especially with all of the smoldering ashes and just the black. It’s crazy to see what a fire can damage.”
If you would like for us to revisit other stories that we’re not mentioning on Sunday, contact us via email at news@ kwkt.com or message us on our Facebook page.