Wedding limousine crash leaves 20 dead in New York State

09 October, 2018, 11:57 | Author: Angel Logan
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All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed in the accident in Schoharie, New York.

There was only one side door in that limo's passenger compartment, the NTSB found, and there were no regulations to prevent such modifications.

The supersized limo, it has since been learnt, failed a safety inspection and the driver wasn't properly licensed.

The victims include four sisters and three of their husbands. The Associated Press reported that the limousine passengers were on their way to a birthday party.

Well, even after that crash, the state of NY didn't do a whole lot. Sen.

State police say 20 people died in a crash in upstate NY that local officials say involved a limousine near a crowded tourist spot.

"There are seat belts in the back. but you're not required to wear them", Goelz said.

"It was just a nice get-together for all three of us girls to have a nice day out", Karina Halse said.

The tragedy in upstate NY is America's worst transportation crash in nearly a decade, according to federal authorities. The Board is investigating the crash, including whether the limo had any mechanical problems.

"Sometimes, people just don't follow the law" that already exists, he said. "They would do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family", she said.

"Twenty fatalities is just horrific", Sumwalt said on Sunday.

The 17 young adults in the limousine, who were all believed to be from nearby Amsterdam, were headed to Cooperstown to celebrate the 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg, according to reports.

The families of McGowen and her husband Shane McGowan, who were both in the limo Saturday, are also still grabbling with the news that the couple, who had just gotten married in June, is now gone.

Newlyweds Amy and Axel Steenburg got married on June 30.

Erin's aunt, Valerie Abeling, told The Washington Post that her daughter received a text message saying that the limo appeared to be in a "terrible condition".

The crash "sounded like an explosion", said Linda Riley, who was on a shopping trip with her sisters and had been in their parked vehicle at the time at the store.

Authorities have not released all of the victims' names, but the close-knit group included newlyweds, artists, athletes and young parents.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state agencies should "provide every resource necessary" to investigate the crash. "This is the most deadly transportation accident or crash that we've seen on USA soil since February of 2009".

The families have obtained little information about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of their loved ones, largely comprised of a close-knit group of high school and neighborhood friends from Amsterdam, New York.

Officials are investigating the crash, which occurred near the town of Schoharie in NY state on Saturday afternoon.

"They were two very young, attractive people" who "had everything going for them".

Because autopsies were still being conducted, officials declined to confirm the names of the crash victims on Monday, but family members of some victims confirmed their identities.

Calls to the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe were not answered Sunday afternoon. "They had their whole lives ahead of them", she said.

Amy's sister Abigail and husband Adam Jackson, sister Mary and husband Rob Dyson and sister Allison King also died, the women's aunt said.

Steenburg died along with his brother, Axel. The company did certify outside companies to modify them to Ford specifications for up to 14 seats during the 2001 model year, but it wasn't clear who modified the SUV that crashed Saturday.

"We don't know the cause of the accident, if it was a vehicle malfunction, if it was a driver malfunction (or) a driver error", Cuomo said.

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