Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Governor: Limo that crashed, killing 20, shouldn't have been on the road

Governor: Limo that crashed, killing 20, shouldn't have been on the road

"Whether or not it would have made a difference here ... remains to be seen", Mr Sumwalt said.

Investigators plan to examine the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems as well as the road, which has a history as a danger spot.

Erin and Shane McGowan, also newlyweds, died in the crash.

The limo that killed 20 people in a crash in upstate ny was unsafe and should never have been on the road, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

He said a federal government and state police investigation are ongoing, and the cause of the accident remains unclear.

Court records show that the Shahed Hussain who owns that motel gained fame in the years after the September 11 attacks for infiltrating Muslim groups for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI paid Hussein a handsome salary for his work, which led to the arrests of four men planning on bombing a New York City synagogue and Jewish center. "I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks", local Bridey Finnagen said. Stretch limos typically go without these pillars, making a side impact much worse than it ever would be in a auto.

Like the McGowans, Steenberg and her husband, Axel Steenberg, had just gotten married in June; Axel's brother, Rich Steenberg, was also killed in the limousine crash, she said.

Among the victims were sisters Mary Dyson, Abby Jackson, Allison King, and Amy Steenburg; and husbands Adam Jackson, Robert Dyson and Axel Steenburg. Halse said her sister was a waitress at Shaker Point in Watervliet, and that she and Patrick "were two peas in a pod". But safety issues on such vehicles have arisen before, most notably after a wreck on Long Island in July 2015 in which four women on a winery tour were killed.

A weekend crash in upstate NY that killed 20 people, including 18 in a limousine headed to a birthday party, was the deadliest transportation-related accident in almost a decade, authorities said.

On Monday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, criticized Prestige for "putting a failed vehicle on the road".

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Police say Prestige Limousine has been "under scrutiny" by the state Department of Transportation in the past, and that they are still analyzing the air bag system and whether the limo, a 2001 Ford Excursion, was mechanically sound.

A call to Prestige Limousine's office in Gansevoort rang unanswered Monday.

It crashed into an unoccupied parked auto and hit two pedestrians before coming to a rest in a shallow ravine, officials said. Relatives said the group was headed to a birthday party.

Saturday's accident, which killed two pairs of newlyweds, four sisters from one family and two brothers from another, was the deadliest United States transport crash in almost a decade, according to federal authorities.

They were among 17 limousine passengers who were killed Saturday in Schoharie, when the vehicle careened through an intersection in rural Schoharie and came to stop in a small ravine.

Suzanne Douglass said her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, also died in the crash.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere, she said. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage. She lived in Amsterdam, New York, according to her Facebook page.

The passengers of the limo - including four sisters, newlyweds and young couples - were all celebrating a birthday party, according to U.S. media.

Grief counseling and a vigil will be held following a devastating accident that killed 20 people in upstate NY.

The families of those killed - many of whom were related or were childhood friends - said they are struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of the tragedy. The remainder of the group were close school and neighborhood friends, including another newlywed couple, Erin and Shane McGowan.

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