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Monday, March 10

Grout maker dropped as defendant
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A New Jersey company that makes grout was removed Monday as a defendant in a $27 million lawsuit by a couple injured when a pedestrian walkway collapsed at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

After plaintiffs Marty and Cindy Taylor of Nelson County, Va., rested their case Monday, the judge granted a motion to remove Anti-Hydro International Inc. of Flemington, N.J., from the case, said Doug Ey, the company's lawyer.

The Taylors' claim continues against Lowe's Motor Speedway and the company that built the walkway.

"The judge found no evidence of negligence on the part of Anti-Hydro,'' Ey said. "That ended the case for them.''

The bridge over U.S. 29 in Concord collapsed in May 2000 as fans exited the speedway after The Winston, NASCAR's all-star race. No one died, but more than 100 people were injured.

The Taylors claim they both suffered head and orthopedic injuries, as well as memory loss after the accident. Each has been through several operations.

Twelve people injured in the collapse settled their cases in August for undisclosed amounts. The Taylors are the first of the remaining victims to have their case come to trial.

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