20 dead in limousine crash in upstate NY

20 dead in limousine crash in upstate NY

New York State Police confirmed the startling death count as details of the tragedy in Schoharie County began to trickle out on Sunday.

The intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A where the crash occurred has always been flagged as a unsafe one, with efforts made tho re-structure the intersection seven years ago.

The limo, which was bringing guests to a wedding, failed to stop at an intersection, and sailed into the parking lot of a nearby Apple Barrel, where it struck an unoccupied auto and two pedestrians, police confirm.

Relatives said the limousine was carrying four sisters and their friends to a birthday celebration for the youngest sibling.

Officials say the crash in Schoharie was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people.

Concerns about the safety of stretch limousines have resurfaced following the crash, which is being investigated by state police and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Douglas continued: "I don't know what to tell you, they were the best nieces that anybody could have".

Described by family as a "dynamic duo", the McGowans - Erin, 34, and Shane, 30 - were just starting a life together after getting married in June and were saving to buy a house.

The crash happened in Schoharie in upstate NY on Saturday shortly before 2pm.

It ploughed into an unoccupied sport-utility vehicle in a parking lot across from the intersection.

Emergency services at the scene of the deadly crash in Schoharie, New York.

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"The fact that the NTSB is here indicates we're very concerned about this", Sumwalt said.

On Sunday, the store posted that it was open "and could use your hugs".

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

Names of the victims have not been released pending notification of the next of kin.

Deputy Superintendent Fiore did not comment on speed, or whether the occupants of the vehicle had been wearing seat belts.

He said authorities were able to figure out the limo's direction of travel and what occurred based on evidence found at the crash scene.

The crash was in Schoharie, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City. "There's just a lot of confusion, so many people died", he said.

Investigators had not released any information about limousine or its driver as of early Monday morning.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was briefed and issued the following statement: "I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and love ones during this extremely hard time".

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said state agencies should "provide every resource necessary" to investigate the crash.

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