20 die in two-car accident involving wedding limo in upstate NY

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2018

State police said that two vehicles were involved in the crash on Saturday afternoon in the town of Schoharie.

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

On Sunday, emergency vehicles clustered near the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store, the scene of the crash, in Schoharie, about 40 miles (65 km) west of the state capital, Albany.

All 18 people in the 2001 Ford Excursion limo were killed, along with two pedestrians, when the limo failed to stop at a T-shaped intersection at up to 60mph in Schoharie in upstate NY on Saturday afternoon.

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.

He added that the limousine accident is the most deadly transportation accident to occur in the United States since a 2009 plane crash in upstate NY that killed 49 people.

A press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at state police headquarters in Latham. She said her own daughter had been invited along but couldn't go.

Authorities have not confirmed victims' identities, but Barbara Douglas said her nieces were among the passengers killed.

Federal authorities described Saturday's accident as the deadliest United States transport crash in almost a decade.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash on Saturday in Schoharie, New York.

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating, said its chairman, Robert Sumwalt. They were on their way to a friend's birthday party, she said.

According to the Times Union, this is the deadliest accident in the area since 20 people died when a tour boat sank in Lake George in 2005.

"Everyone inside the limousine was killed", Fiore said.

Investigators were trying to identify victims based on the license plates of cars parked in front of the home of a couple that reportedly rented the limousine, according to The New York Times.

The store posted condolences on Facebook and said it would be open Sunday.

An afternoon news conference is planned.

Authorities have withheld the names of the deceased as they work to track down and notify their family members.

"My family is just going through a lot", Abeling said.

The cause of the crash is unclear and an investigation is under way. "There's just a lot of confusion, so many people died".

On Sunday, New York's senior senator Chuck Schumer, said that he had asked NTSB to toughen standards after the 2015 crash.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised the first responders who "worked through the night to help". The governor directed state agencies to "provide every resource necessary" as investigations continue.

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