A 2005 explosion at a St. Joseph, MO pork plant has ended in settlements totaling almost $12.3 million, according to law firms handling some of the cases. The Triumph Foods pork plant explosion was linked to gas leaking from an uncapped valve. One person was killed, and others were injured.

Defendants named in the lawsuits were Triumph Foods, plumbing contractor IHP Industrial of St. Joseph, construction management company Epstein and Sons and Southern Union Co., the parent company of Missouri Gas Energy.

The largest settlements were for injured worker Theo Jeurissen who received $3.5 million and Melinda Fisher, the mother of Andrew Bauer--the masonry worker killed in the explosion-- received $2.25 million.

"We're pleased that the settlements have been made, and we can move on from that," said Triumph spokesman Patt Lilly, according to the Associated Press.

Source: Meatingplace.com