The deadly crash 10 years ago on Avon Mountain claimed the lives of four people, including Maureen Edlund who would have been 71 years old.
She would have been enjoying retirement and the grandchild she never got to meet.
On July 29, 2005 Edlund was on her way to work at Jacob’s Vehicle Systems in Bloomfield.
She was stopped at the light on Route 44 near the base of the mountain.
"She has a car in front of her, a car behind her, a car to the right and a car to the left, she has no place to go,” said her brother Bill Farrell.
That was when a gravel filled dump truck came barreling down the mountain, losing control, swerving at the light and causing a fiery, fatal chain reaction.
“Moe,” as Farrell called her, the dump truck driver and two others didn’t make it.
"There was some news on the radio that I didn't pay attention to at all, other than hearing it in the background,” Farrell said.
He was jet-lagged from a trip to Ohio and didn’t think much of the crash until he got to work in Massachusetts later that morning and his phone rang.
On the other end of the line was an Avon police officer who needed Farrell to drive to the department.
“I assumed now, what he didn't want me to do was take a left hand turn onto (Route) 44 and encounter the scene,” Farrell said. "He brought me over to the police department. And I have to tell you, weeks, months and years after, that man had a horrible job."
Farrell said he was beside himself learning the devastating news, but he knew he had to stay strong and track his niece, Edlund’s daughter, down.
"I didn't want to tell Tara without somebody being with her,” Farrell said.
After he told his niece, he went back to Massachusetts to tell his 85-year-old mom.
"I had to go in and sit with her and explain ‘I got bad news for you, Maureen is gone,’ so she was devastated,” Farrell said. "For years and years after, my mother would say, 'I don't understand, I don't understand it’.”
Neither did Farrell, who in recent years lost his wife and mother.
The pain from that and 10 years after his sister’s death, he admits the loss is still so great.
"Aunt Moe, as my kids would call her, is more than just an aunt who lived in Connecticut,” he said. “She was a tremendous big sister to me.”
He said not a day goes by that he doesn’t have a question he’d like to ask his sister and then remembers that he can’t anymore.
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