The second trial for the 2013 West Fertilizer Co. explosion that was set to begin Monday, Feb. 1 was cancelled last week after the parties reached undisclosed settlements and partial settlements, or were moved to the next trial date of March 21.
Originally, more than 200 lawsuits were filed after an explosion on April 17, 2013, that left 15 dead and more than 200 people injured in addition to multiple homes and buildings that were damaged. Because of the number of lawsuits, the plaintiffs were divided into three trial groups. The first was originally set to take place in October 2015, but it was cancelled after the parties reached settlements a day before the trial was due to start.
The trial for the third group of plaintiffs is scheduled to start March 21.
The second trial group included personal injury and property damage claims as well as subrogation claims, which are filed by insurance carriers to recoup claims they already have paid.
The cases that were moved to the third trial group include Robert and Carla Payne, Scott and Jeri Burgess, Tom Burgess and Mark and Amy Hutyra, it was reported.
Defendants in the lawsuits include Adair Grain Co., the local owners of the plant that exploded; El Dorado Chemical Co.; CF Industries; Thermaclime Inc.; and International Chemical Co.