Friday, 19 October, 2018


Limo that crashed in NY, killing 20, failed inspection

20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York At Least 20 Dead in Upstate New York Limousine Crash
Bennie Garza | 09 October, 2018, 11:57

The Oct. 6 crash in Schoharie left 20 people dead, including two pedestrians standing near the SUV and the occupants of the limo, a 2001 Ford Excursion. One is the human side, the driver.

The limousine involved in the deadliest transport accident in the United States for almost a decade had failed inspection and the driver was not properly licensed, a top official said Monday.

Karina Halse told The Associated Press that her sister, a waitress, had texted her just before getting into the limo.

Before the disaster, the limo was full of exuberance - 17 birthday party guests who had many reasons to celebrate.

A NY state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

Jessica Kirby, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the New York Times that the limousine was probably traveling over 60 miles per hour as it came over the hill, and that the store was crowded with visitors from out of town because of the long holiday weekend.

"I can tell you that wearing seat belts does save lives".

"The entire GF community is extremely saddened by this incident and we are working closely with the families to provide comprehensive support", Laura Kelly, the company's vice president of global communications, said in a statement.

Twenty people have died in a tragic accident in NY, which is said to have involved a limousine with a wedding party on board.

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.

"Twenty fatalities is just horrific", he said. "They'd do anything for you, and they were very close to each other".

A relative says the limousine that crashed in upstate NY was carrying revelers to a 30th birthday party for one of four sisters on board.

The families of McGowen and her husband Shane McGowan, who were both in the limo Saturday, are also still grabbling with the news that the couple, who had just gotten married in June, is now gone.

Steenburg's husband Axel Steenburg also was killed.

Erin's aunt, Valerie Abeling, told The Washington Post that her daughter received a text message saying that the limo appeared to be in a "terrible condition".

The driver was also killed in the crash, they said, adding that the victims would not be officially named until families had been informed.

The NTSB will look at a number of factors, including the driver's fitness, whether fatigue was an issue, the company's compliance with state and federal regulations and its record of prior crashes, Sumwalt said.

"They were two very young, lovely people", said Abeling.

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.

A vigil is set to be held in New Amsterdam on Monday night, where the victims were from.

Schoharie is the focus of the investigation into a deadly limo crash that killed 20 people.

Steenburg died along with his brother, Axel.

The limo had been rented by Amy Steenburg and her husband Axel Steenburg, pictured above, for the birthday celebration, according to The New York Times.

At least three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign and into a field behind the Apple Barrel Country Store in the last decade, according to the store manager.

"He will be sorely missed by his sister and her children", Douglass said. "Did he know the vehicle?"

"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life ..."

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