Monday, 22 October, 2018

Crashed limo failed inspection: Governor

20 people killed in car crash involving limo in upstate New York Joshua Lott Reuters
Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2018, 10:42

"While families will step in and provide loving care for these girls, there will be expenses that we can help with during this time when we otherwise feel so helpless". He's a Democrat from Amsterdam. The 2001 Ford Excursion was traveling southwest on State Route 30 when it didn't stop at the intersection with State Route 30 A and collided with an SUV in the parking lot, Fiore said. Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.

Some of their social media pages have already turned into unofficial memorials, as Amy Steenburg's page has.

Cuomo said the limousine was a "chopped vehicle", meaning it had been cut and extended and required federal certification that it had been extended in a way that abides by the law, which it did not have, according to NBC. It also failed an on-site state inspection.

The company said it has "voluntarily taken our fleet of vehicles off of the road during the investigation".

State police said earlier that 20 people died in a two-vehicle crash at the Apple Barrel Country Store on Saturday in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree).

He added that the limousine accident is the most deadly transportation accident to occur in the United States since a 2009 plane crash in upstate NY that killed 49 people.

But Chairman Robert Sumwalt cautioned during a news conference Monday that the lack of skid marks could be due to misty weather or anti-lock brakes.

Sumwalt said the vehicle was configured for 19 seats; two up front, a rear-facing seat, a forward-facing seat in the back and seating on each side.

Investigators plan to examine everything from the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems to the road, which has a history as a danger spot.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Sunday calling the crash "horrific".

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

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Amy's three older sisters also died in the crash.

In this undated photo provided by Karina Halse, her sister Amanda Halse and boyfriend Patrick Cushing pose for a photo. Halse said her sister was a waitress at Shaker Point in Watervliet, and that she and Patrick "were two peas in a pod".

She added that the state Department of Transportation has banned heavy trucks from the intersection but there are constant smaller crashes. Before Amanda Halse received her sister's reply, she died in the crash.

The limousine carrying 18 people in NY that plowed past a stop sign, through an intersection, and into a parked SUV, killing everyone inside, failed an inspection last month and was not supposed to be on the road, officials said on October 8.

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.

"I think the owner of Prestige has a lot of questions to answer", Cuomo said.

A call to the company's office from Associated Press was unanswered on Monday (local time). Relatives said the group was headed to a birthday party.

The 20 people killed on Saturday in a limousine crash near Schoharie, N.Y., included four sisters and three of their husbands, along with at least three other couples.

Senate Leader John Flanagan described Cushing Monday as an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man". Two pedestrians near the unoccupied, parked 2015 Toyota Highlander also were killed, he said.

"It's tragic. frightful. I can't even begin to even explain", Valerie Abeling told The Washington Post, confirming that her 34-year-old niece, Erin McGowan, and her new husband, Shane McGowan, 30, were among the dead.

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