• Settlement may be reached in ruptured gas line lawsuit


    IOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

    A request for a stay in the lawsuit filed after a gas line was cut near Hinton, Iowa nearly one year ago.

    The fireball could be seen for miles.

    On April 25th, 2012, authorities say two employees of DeRocher Construction of rural Le Mars, Iowa were using a tractor and tile plow to put down drainage tile in a farm field.

    That's when they ruptured a 24 inch natural gas line.

    The force of the blast opened up a big hole in the earth.

    Northern Natural gas filed a lawsuit against DeRocher Construction, DeRocher, Inc., and four individuals.

    However, court documents filed on April 11, 2013 show the parties involved have entered into a confidential settlement which would resolve all matters related to the case.

    Both sides are requesting a stay in the case, for up to 100 days for the to sides to work out the timing of a potential dismissal or to allow a judgment to be entered against the Defendants.

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