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Dump Truck Driver Lied About Crash: Cops

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    Crash closes Avon Mountain.

    Police say they have the dump truck driver that caused a crash that closed Avon Mountain on Friday morning.

    The dump truck was traveling toward West Hartford, with its bed up, when it struck wires and flipped the truck, which landed on its side on the West Hartford side of the mountain, officials said.

    A person who said he was a passenger in the truck told police the driver had fled the scene.  That led to a search of the area with police dogs.

    But officers say that passenger later admitted he was actually the truck's driver.

    The crash happened just before noon at the base of the mountain, at Route 44 and Mountain Road.

    Police said no one was injured but one person was taken from the scene as a precaution. A man was placed in a neck brace and taken from the scene by ambulance. He was conscious and alert. 

    A person who said he was a passenger in the truck told police the driver had fled the scene.  That led to a search of the area with police dogs.

    But officers say that passenger later admitted he was actually the truck's driver.

    Police have reopened the mountain, but parts of Mountain Road are closed.

    Safety on Avon Mountain has long been a concern, especially after an out-of-control dump truck that lost its breaks caused a 20-vehicle wreck on the Avon side that killed four people and injured 11 others in 2005.

    The 2005 crash resulted in road improvements and a six-year prison sentence for the dump truck's owner.