20 dead in upstate NY crash involving limousine

Emergency services descended on the scene

A limousine crash in upstate NY on Saturday killed 20 people, officials have said. The crash would be one of the worst accidents in recent history. The Times Union reported that the limo was a stretch-style SUV.

The limousine crashed into a 2015 Toyota Highlander parked near the Apple Barrel Country Store.

All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians died in the deadliest road accident in the United States in nearly a decade, officials said. Fiore said the two pedestrians were also adults.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the wreck.

Eyewitnesses said that a number of people entering and leaving the store were hit in Saturday's incident, local media report.

Schoharie County's emergency line received calls about the accident around 1:55 p.m., the police said. It's the deadliest transportation accident since February 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people, Sumwalt said.

New York State Police announced the number of fatalities on Sunday morning, but didn't release the names or provide any specifics, as the victims' families are still being notified.

Some of the injured were reportedly flown to Albany Medical Center hospital.

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Limousine accidents remain rare, according to NTSB data.

Bridey Finegan, who lives just down the road from the scene of the crash, spoke to the Mirror, saying: "I saw a lot of people here at the Apple Barrel out in the parking lot".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement that state police are working with federal and local authorities investigating the crash.

On Sunday, the store posted that it was open "and could use your hugs". The intersection is notoriously unsafe in the town of Schohaire, according to residents.

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. They came to the town and we objected to the way they were going to change it. But DOT apparently thought they knew best and they converted it to a standard T intersection. Residents in the town of 3,000 mourned Sunday afternoon as the town supervisor reflected on the two volunteer ambulance companies who responded.

"They are the heroes of our small community", the post said.

And back in 2005, a 7-year-old girl in a wedding limousine died in Long Island, New York, after a drunken driver plowed into them head-on.

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