October 13, 2015 — The families of three men who died in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas have reached a settlement, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jury selection for trial was scheduled to start yesterday in McLennan County. However, the county website said potential jurors were excused because “a settlement has been reached.” Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
On April 17, 2013, a fire broke out at West Fertilizer Co. Just 22 minutes later, between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded, leveled half the town of West, and caused a small earthquake. The blast injured 170 people and killed 15, including 12 firefighters.
The first trials were supposed to include the families of Kevin Sanders, William Uptmor and Kenneth Harris, who was a Dallas firefighter. The settlement does not affect hundreds of other people who have filed lawsuits since the explosion.
At least seven lawsuits have been filed against Adair Grain, Inc., which owned the West Fertilizer Co. facility, according to Reuters. Adair Grain had only $1 million in liability coverage, but damage from the blast exceeded $200 million.
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