Limousine company offers warning and tips following deadly NY accident

Limo involved in fatal crash never should have been on the road, New York governor says

A crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY is a "wake-up call" for limousine safety, the chief of the federal agency investigating what happened to a stretch limo taking passengers to a surprise birthday party said on Monday.

Mr Cuomo also told a news conference that the driver did not have the appropriate licence for it. The driver, all 17 passengers and the two pedestrians died.

Sumwalt said most of the victims were found inside the vehicle following the crash and one or two victims may have been ejected.

While Cuomo revealed some new details about the accident, he said it's unclear if the vehicle suffered a malfunction or the driver was as fault.

He added, however, that officials did not yet know the cause of the accident - whether it was an issue with the vehicle or a driver error.

Prestige Limousine, the vehicle's operator, was ordered to cease operations until the investigation is complete. And the T-bone intersection where the crash occurred-where Route 30 meets Route 30A-has also been characterized as "very risky".

Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the crash had caused "unspeakable sorrow". It went across the road and hit an unoccupied auto parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and two pedestrians.

The investigation into the Schoharie limo crash-the deadliest transportation incident in America in almost a decade-continues Tuesday, as the names of the 20 victims emerge alongside new details about the driver and the vehicle itself.

The 17 young adults in the limousine, who were all believed to be from nearby Amsterdam, were headed to Cooperstown to celebrate the 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg, according to reports.

At least one of the victims wasn't pleased with this as she reportedly sent a text message saying the limo was in bad condition.

Relatives said the limousine was bound for a 30th birthday celebration for the youngest of the four sisters.

"The bulk of the oversight for any organization that's going to be offering services for hire that are completely within a state would really fall very heavily to the state", she says.

Over 1,000 people jammed a riverside park in Amsterdam, New York, for Monday night's vigil. "They were wonderful girls".

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Cuomo says limo shouldn't have been on road; victims mourned
Two bystanders were also killed by a parked vehicle that struck them when it was hit by the limo. "It's tragic. disgusting . Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in Gansevoort.

"This may be a small city, but we are a huge city with a huge heart and just like the sign says, we are 'Amsterdam Strong.' Right now it's hard to bear what we have to bear, but we will get through it".

In her final Facebook post, Ms Steenburg shared a photo of herself and her husband and wrote: "I just wanted to say Axel Steenburg I love you more than words can say!"

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Mr Steenburg's brother, Rich, was among the fatalities as well as Mrs Steenburg's friend, Amanda Rivenburg.

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

The crash is being called the deadliest transportation wreck in nine years.

An online fundraiser for the children of Abigail and Adam Jackson, who were left orphaned by the crash, has raised over $57,000 (£43,000) as of Monday.

Vertucci and McGowan "were very much in love", Abeling said.

She said her own daughter had been invited along but couldn't go. "It's a awful tragedy and there's no words to describe how we feel".

The intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A where the crash occurred has always been flagged as a unsafe one, with efforts made tho re-structure the intersection seven years ago.

New York actually has some of the most stringent regulations in the country when it comes to vehicles carrying 10 or more passengers, according to Kevin Barwall, president of the Limousine, Bus and Taxi Operators of Upstate New York.

Mayor Michael Villa spoke first among a lineup of public officials who gave speeches honoring the victims of the auto crash, many of them from the city of Amsterdam.

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