Schoharie crash victims' names released

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.

The limo charged through a highway intersection without stopping last Saturday afternoon, in Schoharie, New York, the police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

Sumwalt at news conference on Sunday said investigators would determine the cause of the crash at a later time.

The wreck killed two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limousine, including four sisters who were headed with friends and relatives to a brewery for a party for one of the sisters.

Kindlon also said the "safety issues" with the customized 2001 Ford Excursion "had been addressed and corrected".

The vehicle was "not supposed to be on the road", he said.

Prestige Limousine, of nearby Saratoga Springs, has taken its fleet off the road.

NY state has issued a "cease and desist" order to stop Prestige Limo from operating until conclusion of the Schoharie investigation.

It's the worst transportation accident in the United States since a 2009 plane crash outside Buffalo, N.Y.

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

"The entire GF community is extremely saddened by this incident and we are working closely with the families to provide comprehensive support", Laura Kelly, the company's vice president of global communications, said in a statement.

Mr Steenburg's brother, Rich, was among the fatalities as well as Mrs Steenburg's friend, Amanda Rivenburg.

"If somebody's new to the area or not familiar with the area, I can see how it'd be easy to miss that you're coming down to the T-intersection and going to have to stop at the bottom of it", he said. Sumwalt said the vehicle was configured for 19 seats; two up front, a rear-facing seat, a forward-facing seat in the back and seating on each side.

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20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York

Their aunt, Barbara Douglas, told the New York Postthey were "beautiful girls". Traveling almost 60 miles per hour, he continued into the parking lot, smashing into an unoccupied parked vehicle and fatally hitting two pedestrians.

"As long as they get money, they don't care who's getting In their vehicles", the resident, Laken Prosser, 31, said.

Erin McGowan, 34, who died along with her newlywed husband Shane, 30, had sent a text message to her cousin questioning the car's condition roughly 20 minutes before the fatal crash, her aunt said.

"Everyone's lives were cut way too short, and I don't know what to say about it".

Those killed in the crash included two pairs of newlyweds, four sisters from one family and two brothers from another.

"It's tragic. terrible. I can't even begin to even explain", Abeling said in an interview Sunday from Upstate New York, where her family was gathered.

It's not known whether the limousine involved in the Schoharie crash had any of those deficiencies.

State police on Tuesday released the names of the 20 people killed in Saturday's crash of a limousine at Routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie.

Richard Steenburg of Gloversville, who lost two sons - Axel and Richard in the crash - spoke briefly on Yale Street in Gloversville about the situation.

Since limos are essentially stretched versions of normal passenger vehicles, it means occupants aren't necessarily seated near a pillar which offers increased protection in the event of a crash.

Erin, 34, and Shane, 30, were married in June in upstate NY.

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the Dysons' two children, who are said to be four years and 16 months old.

  • Rogelio Becker