20 dead in limousine crash in upstate NY

20 dead in limousine crash in upstate NY

Officials said the limousine was on its way to a surprise party for Amy at an upstate NY brewery.

Like the Steenburgs, the McGowans were married in June.

NEW YORK: Twenty people have been killed in a auto crash in the U.S. state of New York, police confirmed Sunday, with local media reporting that one of vehicles slammed into a crowd of pedestrians at a country store.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -The site of a devastating accident that killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine headed to a birthday party, including four sisters, is a known danger spot that has long anxious locals, according to a manager of the store that sits at the intersection where the accident happened.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere, she said.

In Mrs Steenburg's last ever Facebook post, dated on 3 October, she thanked her husband for "being so kind and loving". "Unspeakable tragedy that I can't comprehend and will never come to terms with".

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin McGowan, said on Monday that her niece had sent text messages to a friend expressing concern about the condition of the 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine.

"My brother told me that when [the police] called him they didn't know if the brakes went out or what, but they were all dead", she said, referring to the sisters' dad. They came to the town and we objected to the way they were going to change it.

Two of the victims have been named in USA media as Adam and Abby Jackson, who have left behind their four-year-old son Archer and 16-month-old daughter Elle.

"They are the heroes of our small community", the post said. "We're just talking layers of tragedy".

A person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that 18 of the victims in Saturday afternoon's crash at the Apple Barrel Country Store were in the limo and two were bystanders. "I don't want to describe the scene". Then I heard screaming.

The crash kicked off a huge emergency response that included six ambulances, three fire companies and two helicopters, the Times Union reported.

The names of the victims have not been released because next of kin were being notified, the New York State Police said in a statement.

The weekend crash was characterised by authorities as the deadliest United States transportation accident in almost a decade.

Autopsies were being performed; authorities didn't say whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts or give the speed of the limo.

NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt appeared alongside officials Sunday afternoon, saying the crash is one of the worst incidents he's seen in his 12 years on the NTSB board.

The New York State Police and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident, which occurred just before 2 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A, according to the police.

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