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« Avon Mountain Author to speak at Women’s Club of Madison Meeting! Public invited! 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in the Cafe of the Senior Center. 29 Bradley Road. RSVP @ 203-245-2269. Survivor shares story in award-winning book to benefit victims… It was a beautiful, sunny summer morning in the Farmington Valley. Hartford-bound commuters waiting at a traffic light at the base of Avon Mountain had no way of knowing that a fully loaded, poorly maintained, uninsured dump truck had lost its brakes descending the mountain and was speeding straight toward them. Within minutes, 300 firefighters, police, emergency medical workers and passersby were frantically trying to save lives. Five people died and the lives of many others were forever changed. The drama of that day is captured in “Smoke, Fire and Angels: Tragedy on Avon Mountain and the Life-Changing Aftermath,” a book by Mark Robinson, who was seriously injured in the crash. The book tells the dramatic, inside story of the rescuers, the victims and their families. “I was on the receiving end of amazing courage and kindness,” he wrote in the book’s introduction. “I came face-to-face with death and was, for some unfathomable reason, granted a reprieve.” Robinson will talk about the book at the Women’s Club of Madison meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in the Cafe of the Senior Center. The book was named grand prize winner of the annual New England Book Festival. According to the Festival’s press release, “Smoke, Fire and Angels” is the “gripping story of a ‘perfect storm’ accident as told from the perspectives of the various participants. The book is a human drama that shows how tiny details added up to a tragedy that claimed five lives and caused 19 serious injuries. Author Robinson, himself injured in the accident, has a keen eye for reporting the details of a series of choices that resulted in the disaster. His skill at story-telling and his unique method of relating what happened impressed the festival judges and won him the top prize of the competition.” All proceeds from the sale of “Smoke, Fire and Angels” are being donated to a fund to help the families who lost loved ones as a result of the crash.

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