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Judge delays action on Union Pacific motion to end trial in veterans parade crash

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MIDLAND, Texas — A West Texas judge has postponed further action in the trial of a lawsuit arising from a collision between a freight train and a veterans' parade float that killed four vets.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, Tiffany Lubbers, back, Angela Boivin, left, and Catherine Stouffer, rigth, widows of veterans killed in the 2012 crash of a freight train and a veterans' parade float, embrace at a makeshift memorial in Midland, Texas. A ruling is expected Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 from a Midland judge on whether to dismiss a lawsuit arising from the crash that killed four veterans and injured about a dozen. Twenty-six people reached a confidential settlement this month with Union Pacific. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Courtney Sacco, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, Tiffany Lubbers, back, Angela Boivin, left, and Catherine Stouffer, rigth, widows of veterans killed in the 2012 crash of a freight train and a veterans' parade float, embrace at a makeshift memorial in Midland, Texas. A ruling is expected Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 from a Midland judge on whether to dismiss a lawsuit arising from the crash that killed four veterans and injured about a dozen. Twenty-six people reached a confidential settlement this month with Union Pacific. (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Courtney Sacco, File)

State District Judge James Rush granted an extension to one of the parties to file briefs in the case. A court aide declined to say how long an extension was given or who asked for it.

Rush had said Friday that Union Pacific Railroad had asked for an immediate ruling in its favor and that attorneys for the 17 plaintiffs had been expected to file a response Monday.

The 2012 crash killed four veterans and injured about a dozen. Twenty-six people reached a confidential settlement this month with Union Pacific.

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