Drone video shows deadly limo crash site in upstate NY

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Schumer added, "I commend the NTSB's immediate aid on scene and am very confident that we will have concrete answers soon".

"Prestige Limousine extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday", the statement said.

Federal transportation records show Prestige is owned by Shahed Hussain, who worked as an informant for the FBI after the September 11 attacks, infiltrating Muslim groups by posing as a terrorist sympathizer in at least three investigations. Its vehicles were inspected five times in the last two years, and the company has had four vehicles taken out of service.

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road", New York Gov.

It is still not clear whether the limousine crash was the fault of the driver or a malfunction of the vehicle, Cuomo said, but that the National Transportation Safety Board and state police were investigating.

Cuomo told reporters the limousine driver had not been licensed to drive a such a vehicle, and that the company would be ordered to cease and desist operations through the investigation. He pleaded guilty in 2003, and became an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

He said a federal government and state police investigation are ongoing, and the cause of the accident remains unclear.

These kinds of limos have anxious safety experts for years: regular SUVs that have been jacked up, stretched out and converted into limousines.

Ford said it has never made its own stretch version of the Excursion SUV.

The National Safety Council's Deborah Hersman told CBS News they were "Frankenstein vehicles". Investigators also plan to investigate if the design of the roadway was a factor in the crash.

The recently married Erin Vertucci McGowan sent a text message to her friend and maid of honor saying that their party bus had broken down on the way to celebrate a friend's birthday.

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

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.

Jessica Kirby, manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the New York Times that the crash occurred in the parking lot of the store. The Highlander then hit and killed two pedestrians.

Unsurprisingly, the crash has raised questions about the safety of limos and how well companies maintain them.

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In total, 17 passengers died when a man who lacked the appropriate license to operate a limo crashed one into a parked auto on Saturday afternoon.

"You have 20 fatalities".

Twenty people died in what is the deadliest United States transport accident in nearly a decade.

Authorities are still notifying the families of victims and declined to release the victims' names, according to Fiore.

A celebration of life turned into tragedy on a roadside in upstate NY. "Our lives have been changed forever".

NBC News reported that Mrs Dyson's husband, Rob, also died.

She said some of the couples had children, who they had left at home.

Many of those in the limousine were related to one another. "They're all dead. They were in there". It went across the road and hit an unoccupied vehicle parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and two pedestrians. "Nothing stopped them, just attractive, always full of smiles, always motivating each other". "They'd do anything for you, and they were very close to each other".

Their younger brother, Eric Steenberg, who was not on the trip, told the news station it seemed like "a really bad dream".

A ceremony for the victims of the limousine crash that killed 20 people has ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.

"I just wanted to say Axel Steenburg I love you more than words can say!" read the post. "She was creative from the day that she was born".

She described her sister as a "charismatic person" who just wanted to "make sure everyone was happy".

Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner said Saturday that these efforts may well have been for naught, with the intersection still being highly risky, as exhibited by the weekend's tragedy.

State Police investigators have recovered the vehicle's airbag control module, which is the equivalent of the vehicle's black box, Maj. The issues don't stop there as Arbelaez said safety requirements aren't as strict on limos as they are with traditional cars.

They now have the limo's black box, of sorts, and hope it may give them new information about what happened in the moments before the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. "Our ultimate goal is to keep things like this from happening again".

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