New York Limousine Crash Leaves 20 Dead

New York Limousine Crash Leaves 20 Dead

New York Limousine Crash Leaves 20 Dead

Police said that just before 2 p.m. Saturday, they received reports of an accident involving two vehicles in Schoharie, New York, about 30 miles west of Albany.

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.

A stretch limousine taking 18 people to a 30th birthday party in NY crashed on Saturday killing all the occupants, and two pedestrians, in the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in nearly a decade.

A limousine carrying four sisters, other relatives and friends to a birthday celebration went through a stop sign and ploughed into a parked vehicle outside a store in upstate NY, killing 20 people, officials and relatives said.

The intersection had been redone in 2008 because of a fatal accident there, said Jessica Kirby, managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, an institution in Schoharie and among the legions of leaf-peepers who take to the roads of upstate NY each autumn.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, said its chairman, Robert Sumwalt.

A witness named as Bill Waterson said the limousine was carrying a party on their way to a wedding reception.

"They were wonderful girls", Douglas said.

Jessica Kirby, the store's manager, told the New York Times: "That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60mph". They said they would be open on Sunday and will being collecting donations for local volunteer emergency services. They leave behind two young children.

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Finnegan said she watched as first responders broke windows to try and rescue people.

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin McGowan, who died along with her new husband, Shane McGowan, said Erin sent her daughter a message complaining about the state of the auto just 20 minutes before the crash.

Federal authorities described Saturday's accident as the deadliest USA transport crash in almost a decade. In an email to The Associated Press, she complained that the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.

"We have several units here investigating the details from the New York State police, including our reconstruction unit".

"I heard some screaming".

Authorities didn't say whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts, give the speed of the limo or speculate what caused the limo to run a stop sign at an intersection and slam into a parked SUV by the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe. "I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life we have seen in a very long time".

New York State Police is not releasing the identities of those killed until officials notify next of kin.

Bridey Finnagen, who lives near the scene of the crash, told the USA network ABC News: "I heard a loud bang (and) I came out my front door to see what was going on". "If I was the apple barrel owners I would be demanding some sort of barriers to protect my business and customers".

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