Governor: Limo that crashed, killing 20, shouldn't have been on the road

Pauline Gross
October 9, 2018

"We do need to learn from this", Sumwalt said.

New York State Police Cpt Richard O'Brien said on Sunday that the investigation was still in its "infancy stages", adding that "several" separate police units were involved, including a "facial identification unit" and a drone team.

The crash appeared to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident in the USA since a bus ferrying nursing home patients away from Hurricane Rita caught fire in Texas 2005, killing 23.

They were celebrating Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday, said Anthony Vertucci, the uncle of Erin McGowan, who was killed in the crash along with her new husband Shane McGowan. Abby Jackson, as she was known, worked as a teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District, said her aunt, Barbara Douglas, of Dannemora.

Karina Halse said she's struggling with the loss of her sister, Amanda Halse, who was killed along with her boyfriend.

"They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere", Mrs Douglas added.

She declined to publicly release the names but says three of the sisters were accompanied by their husbands.

Two pedestrians, who had been standing near the parked 2015 Toyota Highlander, were also killed in the crash.

Police said that just before 2 p.m. Saturday, they received reports of an accident involving two vehicles in Schoharie, New York, about 30 miles west of Albany.

Newly-weds Erin and Shane McGowan were just starting a life together after five months of marriage, the Times Union reported.

Vertucci and McGowan "were very much in love", Abeling said.

"She was a lovely, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.

"I know he doesn't know how to recover from this".

"(He) found the love of his life and married the love of his life.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported on Monday evening there were no apparent skid marks before a limousine barreled through an intersection and crashed into a parked auto, killing 20 people in upstate NY at the weekend.

Investigators continue to investigate what may have caused the crash today.

The parked auto was unoccupied, however two pedestrians were struck and killed.

The limousine failed to stop at the intersection on Saturday. Authorities say all the occupants died. An older vehicle like the 2001 Excursion stretch limo did not have side-impact or curtain airbags from the factory, so you can bet there were no airbags for any of the passengers in this horrific crash, either.

Linda Riley of Schenectady, New York, says she was in a parked vehicle at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree) on Saturday when she heard the noise.

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

A person with knowledge of the investigation tells The Associated Press that 18 of the victims were in a limousine and two were bystanders. The FBI paid Hussein a handsome salary for his work, which led to the arrests of four men planning on bombing a New York City synagogue and Jewish center.

New York actually has some of the most stringent regulations in the country when it comes to vehicles carrying 10 or more passengers, according to Kevin Barwall, president of the Limousine, Bus and Taxi Operators of Upstate New York.

Three years ago, after four women died and two others were seriously injured in a limo accident on Long Island, Sen.

State Police said Monday the victims "scrambled" to find a limo after a previous reservation fell through.

An afternoon news conference is planned.

The federal agency doesn't' know the limo's speed at this point at the time of the crash, Sumwalt said.

"They were all friends", Valerie Abeling, Mrs. McGowan's aunt, told the New York Times.

The store is a popular spot for autumn leaf-peepers. Police said Sunday that they were not releasing any of the victims' names, pending autopsies and notification of next of kin.

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