Limo crash kills 20 people in NY

A Chinese Police vehicle

A Chinese Police vehicle

Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the limousine, owned by Prestige Limousine, didn't have the necessary federal certification to operate and failed a state inspection last month.

It went across the road and hit an unoccupied vehicle parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store, killing the driver and 17 passengers, as well as two people outside of the vehicle.

What is already emerging is that the authorities failed to enforce the law and one can not help but ask how many other unsafe stretch limos are out there.

Two of the victims, Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan, were newlyweds just married in June according to the Vertucci's aunt, Valerie Abeling. "They were full of life, all of them, little daredevils on the ball field", she said interrupting her own tears with laughter.

"I honestly think it was a more unsafe intersection than it was before", he told The New York Times, adding that it was a "nasty intersection".

And it is the deadliest transportation accident overall since February 2009, when a plane crash near Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people, said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating. She started on my softball team when she was seven years old. Police said the driver was not properly licensed, and the vehicle failed inspection a month ago.

"Second, that vehicle was inspected by the NY state Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection".

"They were fun-loving. They were wonderful girls", Douglas said.

The crash "sounded like an explosion", said Linda Riley, of nearby Schenectady, who was on a shopping trip with her sisters and had been in their parked auto at the time at the store.

The crash "sounded like an explosion", said Linda Riley, of nearby Schenectady, who was on a shopping trip. "They'd do anything for you, and they were very close to each other".

Federal officials said it is the deadliest transportation accident in the US since a 2009 plane crash. His 17 passengers - including a newlywed couple - were killed in the crash.

Sumwalt says that the stretch limousine had at least some seatbelts, but that it was unclear whether any of the passengers were wearing them.

The 2001 Ford Excursion limo 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 a parking lot shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in Schoharie, New York State Police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore said.

Speaking at the Columbus Day Parade, Cuomo told reporters that DMV officials had recently inspected the limo and that it should not have been on the road.

"Investigators are continuing with interviews of witnesses and family members and autopsies of the victims are also still ongoing at Albany Medical Center", the National Transportation Safety Bureau said in a statement Monday night.

The crash happened outside an Apple Barrel Country Store & Cafe. "Then I saw this large van, a very unusual looking vehicle, out here in Schoharie in the bushes and really wrecked, hit a tree".

The crash appeared to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident in the US since a bus ferrying nursing home patients away from Hurricane Rita caught fire in Texas 2005, killing 23.

"This is an area where we clearly have a gap that needs to be addressed and it's incumbent upon state policy makers and the feds to work together and address this", she said.

After a stretch limousine was T-boned on New York's Long Island in 2015, killing four women, a special grand jury implored Cuomo to examine the safety of such vehicles.

It appears the task force was never formed, and almost three years after the grand jury's recommendation, it was unclear what, if anything, Cuomo's administration did in response.

He said the aim of the investigation was to determine how to prevent such a devastating crash from ever occurring again, and did not rule out that the probe could shed broader insights on the safety of passenger limousines themselves.

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