West explosion trials delayed to 2015

West explosion trials delayed to 2015

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Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building (foreground) and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home the day after an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company destroyed the buildings April 18, 2013 in West, Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 1:38 PM

WACO -- A judge has delayed the first of three civil trials in the West fertilizer explosion that killed 15 people.
   
State District Judge Jim Meyer in Waco agreed on Thursday to postpone the first trial six months to June 2015.
   
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that an attorney for one of West Fertilizer Co.'s suppliers said he needed more time to prepare for what's already become a complex process.
   
More than 100 residents, business owners and insurers have sued Adair Grain, the plant's owners, as well as Illinois-based CF Industries and other companies that sold ammonium nitrate to the plant.
   
Those suing say the fertilizer companies had a responsibility to make sure chemicals were being stored and shipped safely.
 

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