Relatives of people killed in the March 2014 Oso, Washington, mudslide reached a $50 million settlement Sunday with the state. It just one day before their lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial, lawyers for the families said, NBC News reported.
The settlement, which must be approved by the judge overseeing the case, would dismiss almost all claims only hours before the civil trial was to have begun Monday in King County Superior Court.
One defendant in the case, a timber company accused of contributing to the danger of the slide zone, wasn't included in the settlement, meaning the civil trial was still scheduled to proceed Sunday night. The families are seeking unspecified damages.
Forty-three people were killed when the mudslide covered a square mile of Washington's Stillaguamish River Valley, destroying 49 buildings and closing a state highway for six months.