20 dead in upstate NY crash involving limousine

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Manager Jessica Kirby said in an interview that it's only the latest accident to happen there.

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

A witness named by local media as Bill Waterson said the limousine was carrying a party on their way to a wedding reception.

The accident led to road closures in the area that lasted several hours, police said.

"The investigation is very preliminary; it's in its infancy stages", Captain Richard O'Brien of the New York State Police told ABC News 10.

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of one of the victims, said the vehicle was on its way to a birthday celebration, and newlyweds Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan were among those killed.

Since the reconstruction, three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign authorities said the limo blew and into a field behind her business, she said.

"She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.

"She was a handsome, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.

She says "our lives have been changed forever".

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Twenty people were killed in a limousine accident in upstate NY, police said Sunday.

According to the MailOnline, two vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred just before 2pm at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A.

The other 18 victims were in the limousine. Authorities say all the occupants died.

Schoharie is a town of 3,300 people about 160 miles north of New York City.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground, she said. The limo struck an unoccupied SUV and two bystanders, who were also killed, before crashing into a ravine near the road.

Tavenner said the New York Department of Transportation outlawed heavy trucks on the hill in recent years because of instances when runaway trucks lost their ability to brake down the steep grade.

"In 2015, I urged the NTSB to investigate a horrific accident on Long Island involving another stretch limo and urged the agency to continue investigating limo accidents nationwide, because we desperately need more data to prevent them and minimize their toll".

"This is a wonderful, small-knit community of people who care about each other", Liz Gallup, who works at the store and has lived nearby for nearly 60 years, told USA TODAY.

The restaurant's Facebook issued a statement on Saturday night thanking the emergency responders and customers for their support in the wake of the accident.

During a news conference, State Police First Deputy Superintendent Christopher Fiore did not mention whether the vehicle had been speeding and did not comment on whether anyone had been wearing seatbelts.

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