Conn. high court to hear arguments in crash case

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments in two lawsuits filed over a 2005 crash at the bottom of Avon Mountain that killed four people and injured 19 others.

Justices are scheduled to hear the cases Wednesday,

The widow of one of the victims who died and a survivor are suing the state Department of Transportation seeking money awards. They allege there were design flaws in Route 44 including a too-steep grade and inadequate warning signs.

A dump truck lost its brakes going down the 500-foot-tall hill and crashed into 19 vehicles at the bottom in Avon.

Lawyers for the state deny there were design flaws and argue the lawsuits should be dismissed because of government immunity.

The state added a runaway truck ramp and other improvements after the crash.

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