Arguments Heard in Avon Mountain Crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Lawyers for victims of a 2005 Connecticut car wreck that killed four people and injured 19 have urged the state Supreme Court to let a jury decide whether the state should be held accountable.

The high court heard arguments Wednesday on whether victims of the Route 44 crash in Avon can bring their claims against the state Department of Transportation before a jury. A ruling is expected in several months.

A dump truck lost its brakes going down Avon Mountain and crashed into 19 vehicles at the bottom.

The victims say there weren’t adequate safety precautions like a runaway truck ramp for the steep road. The department denies the road was defective and claims government immunity.
Crash survivor Michael Cummings says the lawsuits are about justice for the victims.

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