Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

N.Y. Limo Crash Is Deadliest US Transportation Incident Since 2009

N.Y. Limo Crash Is Deadliest US Transportation Incident Since 2009

A screengrab of the scene of a deadly limousine crash in NY.

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

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam, told a crowd that spilled onto a bridge spanning the Mohawk River, "We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you". The ceremony ended with everyone lifting their candles above their heads in unity.

But for reasons still unknown, the limo plowed through a stop sign, crashed into a parked SUV and caused the deadliest USA transportation accident in nearly a decade.

The birthday party guests were riding in a 2001 Ford Expedition that had been converted into a limousine.

He also said the vehicle failed a state inspection that examined such things as the chassis, suspension and brakes.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said among the things investigators will be looking into are the company, the driver, state and federal oversight, and the vehicle and its condition.

The limousine failed to stop at the intersection on Saturday.

The firm says it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily. Hersman says the federal responsibility for overseeing drivers that may be operating between multiple states is a bit of a hodgepodge.

Twenty people have been killed in a crash involving a limousine transporting a wedding party in the USA state of NY, police say. Sumwalt said the vehicle was configured for 19 seats; two up front, a rear-facing seat, a forward-facing seat in the back and seating on each side.

The company only employed two drivers, according to the records. The NTSB is investigating Saturday's crash.

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It was the deadliest transportation accident in the United States since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, that killed 49 people, Sumwalt told a news conference on Sunday.

Federal transportation records show Prestige is owned by Shahed Hussain, who worked as an informant for the FBI after the September 11 attacks.

Asked Monday about Hussain, the Federal Bureau of Investigation wouldn't comment.

In one case, he helped convict men accused of plotting to bomb NY synagogues.

"I know that he always kept his license up".

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Witnesses said the limousine crashed into an embankment behind the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store. "They had their whole lives ahead of them", she said. McGowan texted that the limo was in poor condition, with its motor "making everyone deaf". Lisinicchia also died in the crash.

The limousine involved in an upstate New York crash that killed 20 people over the weekend failed inspection last month, and its driver did not have the proper licence to operate the vehicle, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday (Oct 8).

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.

The limo company has been identified as Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service in Gansevoort, New York, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

Calls to the company went unanswered.

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A similar safety issue arose in the 2014 crash that injured comic Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, comedian James McNair: The luxury limo van had been modified to block exit doors, which made it hard to reach the victims. Two pedestrians were also killed. "He made you laugh so hard until you cried".

"Relatives said the group was in the limo for a birthday celebration". Cars owned by NY residents need to be inspected yearly.

Grief counseling and a vigil will be held following a devastating accident that killed 20 people in upstate ny.

"In the wake of the Schoharie crash, it is hard to fathom the extent of this tragedy". Erin McGowan worked as an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.

Two of the couples were newlyweds, the paper said. One of the victims, Abby Jackson, was a teacher there. She's mourning the loss of two mothers.

The manager of a store in upstate NY says the nearby intersection where a limo crashed, killing 20 people over the weekend, has always been unsafe.

State troopers keep the area secure at the Apple Barrel Cafe and the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Schoharie, New York.

"We have had 3 tractor trailer type trucks run through the stop through our driveway and into a field behind the business", Kirby wrote.

On Saturday afternoon, a limo driver, 17 passengers heading to a birthday party, and two pedestrians died when the 2001 Ford Excursion limo went through a stop sign, drove across a highway and then crashed into a parked auto before going into an embankment.

"It's a terrible tragedy, and there's no words to describe how we feel", Abeling said.

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