West explosion trials delayed to June 2015


WACO, Texas (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/1nPXWZ0 ) 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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