Limo in deadly New York crash failed inspection- Governor



Twenty people were killed when the SUV-style stretch vehicle careened out of control on Saturday in Schoharie, a town in NY state, killing all 18 occupants and two pedestrians.

Officials said the limo was descending a hill on Route 30 in Schoharie and failed to stop at an intersection, a T-junction, where there's a stop sign.

She declined to publicly release the names but says three of the sisters were accompanied by their husbands.

A limousine loaded with revellers headed to a 30th birthday party in the United States flew through a stop sign at the end of a highway and smashed into an SUV outside a store, killing 20.

The limousine struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied in the parking lot, New York State Police first deputy superintendent Christopher Fiore said at a news conference Sunday.

"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.

The sister of a woman killed in a limousine crash in upstate NY says her heart is "sunken" and she's in a "place where I've never felt this type of pain before".

Kirby says, "We have had 3 tractor trailer type trucks run through the stop through our driveway and into a field behind the business".

Four sisters who had always held a tight bond with one another, but in an instant all four were gone in a horrific auto crash that claimed the lives of 20 people Saturday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board says there were no apparent skid marks before a limousine barreled through an intersection and crashed into a parked auto, killing 20 people.

"These were friends just starting their lives, getting married and this is how it ended", she said. "They would do anything for you, and they were very close to each other, and they loved their family". 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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Axel and Amy Steenburg, newlyweds from Amsterdam, N.Y., had rented the limo, Axel Steenburg's stepfather told The New York Times.

Valerie Abeling said her niece, Erin McGowan, 34, and her husband Shane, 30, were among the limo victims.

Rich Steenburg, Axel's brother, was also killed in the crash, according to a report in the New York Times.

Karina Halse said she's struggling with the loss of her sister, Amanda Halse, who was killed along with her boyfriend. A Facebook fundraiser created for her parents, Tom and Linda King, had raised more than $132,000 as of Monday evening.

The limousine which crashed in upstate NY killing 20 people failed an inspection last month and its driver did not have a suitable licence, according to U.S. media.

Mary Dyson died in Saturday's crash along with her husband, Rob.

The National Transportation Safety Board said members of its "go team" were at the crash site to investigate what happened and possible factors, including road and vehicle conditions. The NTSB is investigating Saturday's crash.

"More accidents than I can count", said Jessica Kirby, the managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe. The couple married in June and were among a tight circle made up mostly of old high school and neighborhood friends from Amsterdam, New York.

Saturday's crash killed 18 people inside the limousine and two bystanders.

Local officials have previously said the intersection was unsafe, with the potential to cause a deadly crash. They accounted for only one death crash out of 34,439 fatal accidents in 2016, the a year ago for which data is available.

"We don't know the cause of the accident, if it was a vehicle malfunction, if it was a driver malfunction (or) a driver error", Cuomo said.

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