Monday, 22 October, 2018

Limo in NY crash that killed 20 failed inspection

A woman kneels after placing flowers on Sunday at the scene where 20 people died when a limousine crashed into a parked SUV a day earlier in Schoharie N.Y 20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York
Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2018, 20:59

He's a Democrat from Amsterdam. The ceremony ended with everyone lifting their candles above their heads in unity. "We know that the auto ran a stop sign and had a tragic result". Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.

30th birthday parties are supposed to be joyous occasions, but one turned tragic over the weekend as a stretched limo carrying 17 party-goers was involved in one of the deadliest transportation accidents in the United States in almost a decade.

In limos in NY, rear passengers are not required to wear seatbelts, according by Sumwalt.

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.

The T-shaped intersection has always been a trouble spot, and Kirby told the The Associated Press that repeatedly tractor trailers were unable to stop at the intersection and crashed near the store.

The Gansevoort, New York-based company said it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily.

The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV on Saturday in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee).

For reasons still unknown, the limo plowed through a stop sign and crashed into a parked SUV, causing the deadliest United States transportation accident in nearly a decade.

Since limos are essentially stretched versions of normal passenger vehicles, it means occupants aren't necessarily seated near a pillar which offers increased protection in the event of a crash.

Following a fatal limousine crash three years ago, The New York Times talked to Raul Arbelaez from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The owner of the company is out of the country.

Hussain could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Federal, state and local investigators flooded the tiny town of Schoharie to try to understand what happened. Jackson was a special education teacher in Amsterdam, said Santabarbara, who represents the part of NY where the crash happened.

"My sister was the most handsome soul that I've ever been so grateful to know in my life", Karina Halse told host Robin Roberts, through tears.

Schumer added, "I commend the NTSB's immediate aid on scene and am very confident that we will have concrete answers soon". The Board is investigating the crash, including whether the limo had any mechanical problems.

"One of them had two children". There were newlyweds and young couples and four sisters, all on their way to revel at an upstate NY brewery.

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How did the crash occur?

Among the victims were four sisters.

The NTSB, the New York State Police and the New York State Department of Transportation are all investigating the crash. If a vehicle fails inspection, then it won't get the proper certification sticker on its windshield - something a passenger can look out for when deciding to rent a particular limo (at least in New York).

Prestige Limousine, of nearby Saratoga Springs, has taken its fleet off the road.

Calls to the company went unanswered. Two pedestrians near the unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander in the parking lot were also killed, he said.

The weekend crash was characterized by authorities as the deadliest USA transportation accident in almost a decade.

Senate Leader John Flanagan on Monday called Patrick Cushing an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man".

"They now have no parents", Douglas said.

She says he had "a golden heart" and "made you laugh so hard until you cried".

An aunt of one of the victims in the vehicle said the group had been on the way to a birthday celebration.

As names of the victims have been released by the media, we learned that a member of the party did have a reservation at the brewery for Saturday at noon.

"In the wake of the Schoharie crash, it is hard to fathom the extent of this tragedy".

Caserta reported from NY. Two of the couples were newlyweds. One of the victims, Abby Jackson, was a teacher there. "It's in a place where I've never felt this type of pain before", said Karina Halse, who lost her 26-year-old sister Amanda.

Democratic State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara says the vigil will be held on Monday evening in Amsterdam.

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.

Since the reconstruction, three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign and into a field behind her business, she said. Officials worked with the state to outlaw heavy trucks, Kirby said, but accidents there continue.

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