Over 1,000 honor limo crash victims at vigil

20 people killed in car crash involving limo in upstate New York

Joshua Lott Reuters

One of the victims of the upstate NY limousine crash that killed all 18 aboard and two pedestrians had texted concerns about the "terrible condition" of the limo less than 20 minutes before tragedy struck, her aunt says. That's one of the inspections that the limo in the crash had failed because of brake and suspension problems, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. For example, in the state of MI, limousines in operation must pass a yearly inspection by a mechanic licensed by the state, according to the Limousine, Taxicab, And Transportation Network Company Act.

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

Many stretch limos "may lack certain basic safety features like the necessary number of side impact airbags, reinforced rollover protection bars, structurally sound frames and accessible emergency exits that can aid passengers and first responders in the event of a crash", Schumer's office said in a news release at the time.

Customers in the parking lot were killed when they were hit by the limo coming down a hill on state Route 30 at "probably over 60 miles per hour", the store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times.

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling one of the deadliest transportation accidents since a 2009 plane crash.

An afternoon news conference is planned.

Investigators plan to examine the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems as well as the road, which has a history as a danger spot. The two were killed when a limousine they were riding in crashed Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Schoharie, N.Y.

Authorities said a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine traveling southwest on State Route 30 "failed to stop" at an intersection with State Route 30A and flew into the parking lot of the nearby Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

A limousine crash over the weekend that killed 20 people has focused attention on rules governing the ungainly vehicles, which can be as long as 30 feet and are exempt from the crash standards that apply to new cars and trucks.

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

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Since the reconstruction, three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign authorities said the limo blew and into a field behind her business, she said. Erin's cousin, Patrick Cushing, was also killed. Halse said her sister was a waitress at Shaker Point in Watervliet, and that she and Patrick "were two peas in a pod". The crash happened before she got a chance to reply. "It just hurts", Karina Halse told CNN on Monday while visiting the scene of the accident where her older sister, Amanda Halse, was killed.

Two pedestrians and 18 occupants of the limousine all died, including four sisters.

A limousine carrying several couples to a birthday party failed to stop at an intersection in upstate NY and struck a parked vehicle, killing 20 people in the deadliest transportation accident in the United States in almost a decade, according to authorities and a family member.

After being modified, the limo failed Department of Motor Vehicles inspections, as recently as last month.

He said the company, Prestige Limousine, "has a lot to answer for".

News agency calls to the company for comment on Monday were unanswered. The driver, all 17 passengers and the two pedestrians died. Relatives said the group was headed to a birthday party.

"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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