Killed in New York Limo Crash is Deadliest Since 2009

Charlene Craig
October 9, 2018

"It's a disgusting tragedy, and there's no words to describe how we feel", Abeling said. In an email to The Associated Press, she complained that the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.

US Department of Transportation records show Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service has two drivers and three vehicles.

The limousine passengers, a close-knit group of 17 friends had originally rented "some kind of bus" Saturday to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday, Valerie Abeling said.

Shane and Erin McGowan married in June, and her aunt said they were "two of the sweetest souls you could ever meet".

Sumwalt said it was the most deadly US transportation accident since the Colgan Air Flight 3407 plane crash on February 12, 2009, near Buffalo that killed 50 people.

The four sisters' aunt, Barbara Douglas, said they had felt "they did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere".

Halse's sister, Karina, who visited the crash site Monday, said Cushing and Halse were like "two peas in a pod".

As tributes to the victims flowed in online, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the company that provided the limousine - Prestige Limousine - "has a lot to answer for".

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Image: Erin McGowan sent a text moments before she died.

Bill Waterson, who said he was invited to attend the wedding that the limousine was travelling from, said he could not believe what he had witnessed, describing it as "terrible", the Albany Times Union reported.

In a statement Monday, the limo company said it "extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday". "Our lives have been changed forever".

A limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in NY state failed an inspection last month and the driver didn't have a chauffeur's license, New York's governor said Monday.

Twenty people are dead, state police confirmed, after a crash that reportedly involved a wedding limousine in upstate NY.

He said most of the victims were found inside the vehicle following the crash and one or two victims may have been ejected. Authorities say all the occupants died.

One of the 20 people killed in a limo crash in upstate NY worked in the technology office of the state Senate.

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

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She says she got out and saw a body on the ground by her vehicle, and broken tree branches everywhere.

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

Details are just beginning to emerge from the horrific limousine crash in upstate NY which claimed 20 lives.

There was no information Sunday on the limousine or its integrity.

The Dysons leave behind two young children: Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months. The accident killed 17 family and friends inside the limousine, the driver and the two pedestrians. That's about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City.

An afternoon news conference is planned.

According to the New York Times, the limousine lost control while going through an intersection that residents of the area say is notoriously unsafe.

Eyewitnesses said that a number of people entering and leaving the store were hit in Saturday's incident, local media report.

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The site of the accident is a known danger spot that has long anxious locals, according to a manager of the store that sits at the intersection where the accident happened. Authorities have not yet released the names of the victims, although they've set up a hotline for family members.

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