Limo Crash That Killed 20 In New York Raises Questions About Safety

Tourist-spot crash in upstate New York kills 18 in limo and 2 bystanders

The limousine in a deadly crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY on Saturday had failed inspection last month and the driver didn't have the appropriate license to operate the vehicle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Monday.

A lawyer for Prestige Limousine, which owned the vehicle, said the safety violations that led it to fail inspection last month were largely minor and did not cause the crash. The Albany Times Union reported the limo was carrying people from a nearby wedding to the reception.

Sumwalt at news conference on Sunday said investigators would determine the cause of the crash at a later time.

He added, "It's not supposed to be on the road".

The wreck killed two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limousine, including four sisters who were headed with friends and relatives to a brewery for a party for one of the sisters.

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road", Cuomo said.

Leader-Herald calls Monday to Prestige Limousine were unanswered.

Investigators say they want to make sure there isn't a more widespread issue with limos that have been extended.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates all major civilian transportation accidents, said that it had sent a "go-team" to the crash site to assist with investigations.

Amy and Axel Steenburg Wednesday in June and were celebrating Amy's birthday when their driver lost control of the vehicle in upstate NY. Officials, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed for better federal safety regulations for limousines after the crash, citing "significant gaps" in safety standards for the vehicles - which are often modified using aftermarket parts and techniques. "We do need to learn from this", Sumwalt said. Axel and Amy Steenburg, newlyweds from Amsterdam, N.Y., had rented the limo, Axel Steenburg's stepfather told The New York Times. We hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us.

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They were lovely girls, full of life. It went across the road and hit an unoccupied vehicle parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and two pedestrians.

In another interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Kindlon disputed assertions by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Monday said the Department of Transportation had faulted the limo's "suspension system, chassis system, braking system".

She and her husband Rob lived in Watertown, New York, according to her Facebook page.

Somewhere along the way, Abeling said, the bus apparently broke down and the limousine was the replacement, she said. Three of her sisters were also passengers in the limo.

Officials say it is the deadliest crash since the 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people.

It's not known whether the limousine involved in the Schoharie crash had any of those deficiencies.

Ford qualified certain limo builders to build a stretch version of Ford Excursion with seating for up to 12-14 people maximum.

Sisters, husbands, newlyweds and parents were among the 20 people killed during Saturday's tragic limo crash in upstate NY.

"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time". Those kinds of altered vehicles have anxious officials because after-market modifications can affect a vehicle's structural integrity and safety, said Peter Goelz, former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board.

"There wasn't anything they could do there", he said. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage.

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