Deadly limo crash leaves NY community devastated

Tourist-spot crash in upstate New York kills 18 in limo and 2 bystanders

State police said the limousine had been traveling downhill at about 2 p.m. Saturday toward the intersection of Route 30 and 30A in the town of Schoharie when it failed to stop, crossing the highway before hitting a second vehicle in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel, and two pedestrians nearby.

Twenty people were killed in rural upstate New York when a limousine collided with another vehicle, New York State Police said on Sunday.

United States media had earlier reported that the vehicle was on its way to a wedding, but an aunt of one of the victims has said it was in fact heading to a birthday party.

The crash occurred near the town of Schoharie in NY state on Saturday afternoon.

He added, "It's not supposed to be on the road".

They are among the 20 people who died in Saturday's limousine crash in upstate NY.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere, she said.

Cuomo identified the company that owned the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine as Prestige Limousine, a small company based in Gansevoort, New York, according to federal Department of Transportation records.

Prestige Limousine, the vehicle's operator, was ordered to cease operations until the investigation is complete.

New York State Police said they would provide more information at a news conference on Sunday.

"This is the most deadly transportation accident in the country since February of 2009". The couple had rented the limousine to celebrate Amy's 30th birthday with 16 of their friends and family members. Officials, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., had pushed for better federal safety regulations for limousines after the crash, citing "significant gaps" in the safety standards for the vehicles - which are often modified using aftermarket parts and techniques. "That's very striking", Sumwalt said.

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Mrs Steenburg was also a newly-wed.

"My sister was the most lovely soul that I've ever been so grateful to know in my life", Karina Halse told host Robin Roberts, through tears. Some seats had lap-shoulder belts, but it wasn't immediately clear if all the seats were equipped with seat belts and whether anyone had them on, Sumwalt said.

"They were wonderful girls", said their aunt, Barbara Douglas.

Rob, who was Mary Dyson's husband, was one of the victims as well, according to NBC News. "They had their whole lives ahead of them", she said, according to the news organization.

A mourner looks on at the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York.

"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time", he said.

Lawmakers promised to lend their sway in providing the community answers to the questions surrounding Saturday's crash in Schoharie, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam.

National Transportation Safety Board chairm Robert Sumalt said the limo was configured for 19 seats.

The horrific limousine crash in upstate NY on Sunday tragically took the lives of multiple young couples, beloved siblings and parents to young children in what was the country's deadliest transportation accident since 2009. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage. All 18 people in the limo, including the driver, were killed.

Speaking through tears on the telephone, Valerie Abeling said her 34-year-old niece Erin Vertucci was among the victims, along with Vertucci's newlywed husband, 30-year-old Shane McGowan.

"There wasn't anything they could do there", he said.

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