Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Killed in New York Limo Crash is Deadliest Since 2009

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
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 21:00

The phone line at Prestige Limousine was disconnected.

"It certainly is the Wild West out there when it comes to limousines and stretch vehicles", said National Safety Council CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. In fact, all three of Prestige Limousine's vehicles had violations when they were inspected last month, records show.

Cuomo released a statement saying, "My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident on Saturday in Schoharie".

Records indicate that the limousine company involved in the crash is owned by a noted Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

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.

"We're also in possession of the airbag control module, what would be considered the vehicle's black box".

"What they're here to do at this point is collect the perishable information the information that can go away with the passage of time", he said.

"That company and that vehicle have been under scrutiny at the DOT (Department of Transportation) in the past", said state police Major Robert Patnaude.

There were 12 wrecks - and a dozen crash deaths - involving large limos from 2012 to 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Investigators are also looking into whether the passengers were wearing seat belts at the time.

On Sunday, New York's senior U.S. Sen., Chuck Schumer, noted he asked NTSB to toughen standards after the 2015 crash.

"I'm not surprised because there are so many owners that don't care", said Meyer. The limo was equipped with some in the back, but it's not known whether there were enough for everyone.

No skid marks were observed but the damp road conditions could have mitigated any skid marks, he said.

Converted limos that started out as smaller vehicles do pose some risks, former NTSB managing director Peter Goelz said.

She said she loved and missed her husband very much and it "hurts me to the core to have to bury my husband".

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The couple was married in June at a "beautiful wedding" in upstate New York, Abeling said.

Axel's brother, Rich Steenburg, was also killed in the crash.

Mayor Michael Villa spoke first among a lineup of public officials who gave speeches honoring the victims of the vehicle crash, many of them from the city of Amsterdam.

In 2009, a Colgan Air Flight crash killed 50 people in Buffalo, New York.

Erin and Shane McGowan were just starting a life together after five months of marriage, the Times Union of Rochester, New York reported. "We're just talking layers of tragedy. They were full of life, all of them, little daredevils on the ball field", she said interrupting her own tears with laughter.

"She would be the one to initiate things", she said. She's mourning the loss of two mothers. "They would do anything for you, and they were very close to each other, and they loved their family".

"They now have no parents", Douglas said. The board is now examining when and how the vehicle was converted and what caused this tragedy.

Jessica Kirby is managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) NY. Resident Bridey Finnagen said it was loud enough to hear from down the road.

"I heard a loud bang".

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

The Apple Barrel's Facebook page on Sunday reflected the concern around the accident in the tight-knit community. Then I heard screaming.

These kinds of altered vehicles have anxious officials, said Peter Goelz, former managing director of the NTSB.

And these modifications can affect handling and a vehicle's ability to withstand crashes.

Investigators were determining whether the regulations for limousines, whose passengers are not required to wear seat belts, are adequate.

The crash was so catastrophic, it stunned even veteran safety experts.

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