20 die in two-car accident involving wedding limo in upstate NY

Wednesday, 10 Oct, 2018

According to the New York Times, the limousine lost control while going through an intersection that residents of the area say is notoriously unsafe. The driver, all 17 passengers and the two pedestrians died.

Officials have not yet said what caused driver Scott Lisinicchia to lose control, or why the accident was so deadly. He said the limo was carrying out-of-towners during a busy tourist weekend, Stone Fort Days.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko told the families, in his words, "We are crushed with you, we are crushed for you".

"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told The AP.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go-team" to the crash site from Washington DC, which are used to investigate major accidents. "There's just a lot of confusion, so many people died". "She wanted to help them better their lives", he said.

The vehicle was reportedly owned by Prestige Limousine and Cuomo said the Excursion's driver didn't have a commercial driver's license with a passenger endorsement.

Some relatives of the dead shed tears as local officials expressed solidarity with them.

Mary Dyson died in Saturday's crash along with her husband, Rob. The couple married in June and were among a tight circle made up mostly of old high school and neighborhood friends from Amsterdam, New York.

"It's tragic. disgusting. I can't even begin to even explain".

Authorities said autopsies were being performed and didn't release names of victims or speculate on what caused the limo to run the stop sign. "Our lives have been changed forever".

Relatives identified Steenberg's other three sisters who were killed as Mary Dyson, Allison King and Abby Jackson, according to the New York Times.

The sister of one of the women killed on Saturday said her heart is "sunken" and she's in a "place where I've never felt this type of pain before".

Family have also confirmed husband and wife Erin and Shane McGowan, who were married in June, as victims.

"They were very close to each other and they loved their family and their parents", she said.

CBS2 has learned the company pulled four vehicles out of service after failing inspections over the past two years. The travel provider then sent a stretch limousine to take the group the rest of the way.

Those aren't very informative in regards to safety, but limos have come under fire in the past for not being as safe as traditional passenger vehicles. "She was a attractive, sweet soul".

Given that the atmosphere in a limo is often lighthearted, it's a hard issue to enforce, according to Chris Palfy, safety director for A1 Limousine of Princeton.

"I don't think that these infractions were what led to the tragedy", Prestige Limousine lawyer Lee Kindlon told CBS News.

"I don't want to describe the scene", Kirby told the newspaper. But Sumwalt said the investigation was a priority and would be thorough.

"As long as they get money, they don't care who's getting In their vehicles", the resident, Laken Prosser, 31, said.

Here's what we know about the victims so far. We are so thankful for all of you'.

Officials say it is the deadliest crash since the 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people. But some of those family members were sharing their stories.

Amy, a nurse, was one of the four sisters killed the crash.

Months later, the NTSB committed to investigating crashes involving stretch limos on a "case-by-case" basis.

Investigators were determining whether the regulations for limousines, whose passengers are not required to wear seat belts, are adequate.