Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Drone video shows deadly limo crash site in upstate NY

The scene of the fatal accident at Route 30 and Route 30A in Schoharie The scene of the fatal accident at Route 30 and Route 3
| 09 October, 2018, 11:55

"We have been asking for something to be done for years", she said in an email. Its owner, Shahed Hussain, was out of the country, officials told reporters.

The modified limo that crashed and killed 20 people wasn't even supposed to be on the road, New York's governor said Monday.

Cuomo is referring to the revelation that the limo in the crash had failed inspection last month, and its driver did not have the proper license.

"My family is just going through a lot", Mrs Abeling said.

Hussain, an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who worked with the agency on terrorism cases, could not be reached Monday at numbers listed for the company.

Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in Gansevoort.

Stretch limousines are often converted cars or SUVs. But Sumwalt said the investigation was a priority and would be thorough. In limousines, rear passengers are not required to wear seat belts, Goelz said.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) tweeted that it was also sending a team of investigators to the site of the "limo crash". In an email to The Associated Press, she complained that the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.

The sisters-Amy Steenburg, Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson and Allison King-had all been riding in the same stretch limo on their way to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday at an Cooperstown, New York brewery, along with three of the sisters' husbands Axel Steenburg, Adam Jackson and Rob Dyson. He is survived by his daughter, 10, stepson, 14, and wife, who were not in the vehicle.

Valerie Abeling said her newlywed niece Erin McGowan, who died along with her husband Shane, sent a text about the state of the stretch limousine.

Still, the group continued southwest on State Route 30.

It is unclear whether mechanical failure or driver error exactly led to Saturday's tragic crash.

A limo speeding down a hill hit bystanders Saturday afternoon at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, about 270 kilometres north of New York City.

The manager of the upstate NY store where a limousine crash killed 20 people says the site is a risky intersection that's been plagued by accidents. The US National Transportation Safety Board was investigating.

Numerous victims were parents of young children. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students.

Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them at Monday's vigil in Amsterdam, New York.


"They were both just soul mates because they just radiated love and beauty and how a marriage should be", Abeling told CNN. "She was a attractive, sweet soul".

Many of those in the limousine were related to one another. But safety issues on such vehicles have arisen before, most notably after a wreck on Long Island in July 2015 in which four women on a winery tour were killed.

The store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times that the limo was coming down a hill at "probably over 60 miles per hour [100kmh]".

He said some seats remained anchored to the floor during the crash. The passengers were headed to a 30th birthday party.

Mr Steenburg's brother, Rich, was among the fatalities as well as Mrs Steenburg's friend, Amanda Rivenburg.

"Can't wrap your head around it - you just can't", Douglas told the news station.

"They were just loving and amusing and kind and everybody loved them and they were so good together", she added. "They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family".

"I don't know how you say it".

Amanda Rivenburg spent her days helping those in need as the associate director of day community opportunities program at Living Resources, an organization that services people with disabilities, according to the Times-Union.

Amy and Alex were married in June.

Some of the names and details of the victims were disclosed by media accounts from relatives and crowdfunding pages on the Internet.

"Saturday's crash in the town of Schoharie killed 18 occupants of the limousine and two pedestrians".

State Police said Monday the victims "scrambled" to find a limo after a previous reservation fell through. In fact, all three of Prestige Limousine's vehicles had violations when they were inspected last month, records show.

Sumwalt said it was early in investigators' process.

"He will be sorely missed by his sister and her children", Douglass said.

"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. "Our ultimate goal is to keep things like this from happening again".

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