- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AVON, Conn. (AP) - Victims’ relatives and emergency responders were among those who gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the fiery Avon Mountain crash that killed four people and injured 19 others.

On July 29, 2005, a dump truck went out of control going down the 500-foot hill on Route 44 in Avon after its faulty brakes failed and caused a 20-vehicle wreck at the bottom, where motorists were stopped at a red light during the morning commute.

Nearly 70 people attended the ceremony Wednesday in a furniture store near the crash site. Killed were 54-year-old Barbara Bongiovanni of Torrington, 60-year-old Maureen Edlund of Canton, 42-year-old Paul “Chip” Stotler of New Harford and the dump truck driver, 41-year-old Abdulraheem Naafi.

Relatives talked about the victims and bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” during the ceremony.


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