New York Town Overcome By Grief After Deadly Limo Crash

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Everyone in the limo, including the driver, died in the crash, as did two pedestrians struck as the limo crossed a parking lot. So were two pedestrians.

Sumwalt said NTSB investigators will look at the company's compliance with state and federal regulations, it's safety culture, records of previous crashes and management of its drivers, among other factors. Four women were killed in that accident due to a side impact of the passenger compartment of the stretch limo - the weakest part of the vehicle.

The two-car crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. ET Saturday in Schoharie, State Police First Deputy Superintendent Christopher Fiore told reporters.

The McGowans were just starting a life together after getting married in June and were saving to buy a house.

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.

A driver and the front-seat passenger are required to wear seat belts inside stretch limousines, but not the back-seat passengers, police said Sunday.

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

The store's manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times that the limousine was going "probably over 60 mph" (97 kmh) when it came down a hill where the crash took place. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. "They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family". NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the goal of his investigators is not only to determine how the crash happened, but also how this type of tragedy can be avoided in the future.

Rich Steenburg, Axel's brother, was also killed in the crash, according to a report in the New York Times.

They were on their way to a friend's birthday party, she said; her own daughter had been invited along but couldn't go.

"Karina Halse visited the crash site Monday in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) and talked about her 26-year-old sister, Amanda Halse, who she said was in the limo with her boyfriend, Patrick Cushing".

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Cuomo said the limousine was owned by Prestige Limousine in the Albany area, but didn't have the necessary federal certification to operate and failed a state inspection just last month.

Cuomo suggested Prestige Limousine would face liability as a result, though he added the investigations - parallel efforts are being conducted by the federal NTSB and another by the State Police - are yet to conclude.

Abby Jackson worked as a middle school special education teacher in Amsterdam, New York, according to Santabarbara.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store thanked emergency responders for their actions in the aftermath of the "horrific" accident.

Erin McGowan's aunt Valerie Abeling confirmed that her 34-year-old niece and her new husband, Shane McGowan, 30, were among the 20 people killed.

Family members said the group was doing a tour of local breweries at the time of the crash.

"More accidents than I can count", she said in an email.

Twelve people were killed in limo crashes in that span, 2012 through 2016. Amy and Axel had been married in June and traveled extensively in recent months, according to their Facebook pages.

Tom King, 35, said his four sisters who died - Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Amy Steenburg - "were very tight".

"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life ..." At this time, Ford does not have any information about the vehicle involved in this accident, but we are ready to cooperate with agencies who are investigating.

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