WEST (CBSDFW.COM) — The families of three firefighters killed in the West fertilizer plant explosion reached a settlement agreement Sunday. The agreement came just hours before jury selection was set to begin for a trial Monday.
Phone calls started going out to hundreds of potential jurors Sunday, telling them not to report to jury duty for the case Monday. However, the agreement does not affect the cases of hundreds of other plaintiffs who have filed suit over the April 2013 explosion.
The first trial was supposed to include the families of Kevin Sanders, William Uptmor and Kenneth Harris, who was a Dallas firefighter. Terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Attorneys were said to be still finalizing paperwork late Sunday afternoon.
McClennan County updated its court site with a message to potential jurors Sunday evening. “A settlement has been reached covering the portions of the cases you were summoned for,” it read in part.
Adair Grain Company and companies who sold fertilizer to the plant are defendants in the lawsuit. The city of West, as well as the owners of a nursing home, apartment complex and the families of others killed have all filed lawsuits over the explosion.
Earlier this year, community members held a vigil to remember those who were killed in the explosion.
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