Limo that crashed, killing 20 people failed inspection; driver wasn’t properly licensed

09 October, 2018, 11:56 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • 20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York

The vehicle apparently struck two pedestrians and an unoccupied SUV in the store's parking lot before ending up in a shallow ravine.

The limousine involved in the deadliest transport accident in the United States for almost a decade had failed inspection and the driver was not properly licensed, a top official said Monday.

Three years ago, four women were killed in a limousine on Long Island as they toured wineries when the vehicle was hit by a truck.

The gathering was to celebrate Amy King-Steenburg's 30th birthday.

Cushing worked in the New York State Senate's Technology Service unit and played for the US Dodgeball team, which described him on Facebook as an awesome friend and "one of the most agile and dominant players in the world".

The McGowans were just starting a life together after getting married in June and were saving to buy a house.

The limo company has been identified as Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service in Gansevoort, New York, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

A driver and the front-seat passenger are required to wear seat belts inside stretch limousines, but not the back-seat passengers, police said Sunday.

"I don't know if this a situation where we can find a new law or a new regulation", Cuomo said.

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. "They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family".

Mr Cuomo said he had "directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy".

Before the limousine crashed, one of the victims, Erin McGowan, texted a friend that the limousine appeared to have engine trouble, the New York Times reported: "The motor is making everyone deaf", she said.

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Erin and Shane McGowan - who also married in June - died, too, in Saturday's collision, say relatives.

Amy Steenburg was also a newlywed.

Abeling's own daughter was busy and couldn't join the party, a scheduling conflict that probably saved her life.

The driver was also killed in the crash, they said, adding that the victims would not be officially named until families had been informed.

The crash about 170 miles north of New York City came three years after another deadly stretch-limo wreck in New York state spurred calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine such vehicles' safety. "Whether or not it would've made a difference here or not, that remains to be seen", NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said of the crash Saturday in the small town of Schoharie.

Police said they are still investigating the cause of the crash and did not comment on the speed of the limousine.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store thanked emergency responders for their actions in the aftermath of the "horrific" accident. She was a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, reported The New York Times.

"They were two very young, handsome people" who "had everything going for them".

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. An older vehicle like the 2001 Excursion stretch limo did not have side-impact or curtain airbags from the factory, so you can bet there were no airbags for any of the passengers in this horrific crash, either.

Steenburg died along with his brother, Axel.

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the Dysons' two children, who are said to be four years and 16 months old. "She was such a spontaneous person and she did whatever she could to have fun with anyone and everyone around her", Karina Halse said.

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