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Limo in New York Crash That Killed 20 Failed Inspection Last Month

09 October 2018

"The instinct is always, 'We need a new law, we need a new regulation, ' " Cuomo said.

"That vehicle was inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection and was not supposed to be on the road", Cuomo said. She also says the record-keeping on how common these accidents are needs to get better.

The two-car crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. ET Saturday in Schoharie, State Police First Deputy Superintendent Christopher Fiore told reporters.

Witnesses said the limousine crashed into an embankment behind the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store.

All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed in the accident in Schoharie, New York.

They were headed for an upstate NY brewery but never made it, officials said.

As victims' relatives tried to come to grips with the tragedy that happened as a group of friends and family were on their way to a 30th birthday celebration, authorities had yet to say how fast the limo was going, whether its occupants wore seat belts or what caused the vehicle to run a stop sign.

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin McGowan, who died along with her new husband, Shane McGowan, said Erin sent her daughter a message complaining about the state of the vehicle just 20 minutes before the crash.

They were celebrating Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday, said Anthony Vertucci, the uncle of Erin McGowan, who was killed in the crash along with her new husband Shane McGowan.

"They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere", she said, telling the paper that several of the couples had young children. Cars owned by NY residents need to be inspected yearly.

"You just can't wrap your head around it, you just can't", said Barbara Douglas, an aunt to four of those who died.

Autopsies were being performed on the dead but authorities didn't say whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts, nor did they give any indication as to the speed of the auto.

In Mrs Steenburg's last ever Facebook post, dated on 3 October, she thanked her husband for "being so kind and loving".

"I'm not surprised because there are so many owners that don't care", said Meyer.

Twelve people were killed in limo crashes in that span, 2012 through 2016.

Other victims include Robert and Mary Dyson, who were married in 2009 and have one son together.

The sister of one of the women killed on Saturday said her heart is "sunken" and she's in a "place where I've never felt this type of pain before".

Patrick Cushing, and his girlfriend of two years, Amanda Halse, have also been confirmed as among the dead.

He said, "We care more about safety than anything".

"It's tragic. terrible. I can't even begin to even explain", Valerie Abeling told The Washington Post, confirming that her 34-year-old niece, Erin McGowan, and her new husband, Shane McGowan, 30, were among the dead.

Lawmakers promised to lend their sway in providing the community answers to the questions surrounding Saturday's crash in Schoharie, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam. "We're just talking layers of tragedy".

But for reasons still unknown, the limo plowed through a stop sign, crashed into a parked SUV and caused the deadliest United States transportation accident in nearly a decade.

Many have speculated that the limo was modified in way to make it "stretch", which could also have caused it to lose some safety features.

"Once you start modifying the vehicle, you pretty much undo all of that", said Raul Arbelaez, vice president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's vehicle research center in Virginia.

A grand jury - a panel formed to determine if charges were warranted - found that vehicles converted into stretch limousines often don't have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits.

Limo in New York Crash That Killed 20 Failed Inspection Last Month