NY limousine crash kills 20 people

08 October, 2018, 19:27 | Author: Carlos George
  • The cause of the collision in () remains unclear

Twenty people have died in a tragic accident in NY, which is said to have involved a limousine with a wedding party on board.

A horrendous crash involving a stretch limousine that was in a collision with another vehicle and also hit pedestrians near an upstate NY tourist spot has killed 20 people, authorities said on Sunday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were just 12 crashes involving large limos in the five years for which the agency has released statistics (2012 through 2016).

The collision turned a relaxed Saturday afternoon into chaos at an upstate NY spot popular with tourists taking in the fall foliage, with witnesses reporting bodies on the ground and broken tree limbs everywhere.

"They were wonderful girls", said their aunt, Barbara Douglas, speaking with reporters on Sunday. "They did the responsible thing so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere".

An SUV-style stretch limousine sped down a hill, crashing into pedestrians outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, the Albany Times Union newspaper said, citing police.

Witnesses described a horrific scene following the crash, with people screaming and several bodies on the ground.

The limousine was carrying a wedding party when it collided with another vehicle outside the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree), NY, on Saturday afternoon, according to local reports.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday morning it would send a "go-team" to the site of the crash to investigate the incident.

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It was the deadliest transportation accident since February 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people, Sumwalt said.

Authorities did not say where the limo was headed or coming from. Autopsies were being conducted.

Valerie Abeling told CNN that her niece, Erin McGowan was close friends with the Steenburgs.

"When we went to pick up the dog, all the people that they were with had all their cars parked in front of their house", Mr. Andrews said.

"Erin and Shane honestly are both just the life of the room, very up people positive outgoing very involved and very caring about what was going on in other people lives", Erin's cousin, Tyler DeLuca, told WSTM-TV.

Linda Riley of Schenectady, New York, says she was in a parked auto at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree) on Saturday when she heard the noise. Police have not released any of the victims' names and said late Saturday they were notifying the next of kin of those who died.

A limo speeding down a hill hit bystanders Saturday afternoon at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, about 270 kilometres north of New York City.

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".

State Police have scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference.

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