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Limo Crash Kills 20 in Upstate New York

October 12, 2018

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — A SUV-styled limousine blew a stop sign and slammed into an unoccupied SUV and then into a stand of trees. The crash killed 20, 18 of whom were riding in the limo, andtwo were in the parking lot near the parked SUV according to the Northwest Georgia News. Many of those in the limousine were related. The group was out celebrating the 30thbirthday for the youngest of one of the sisters killed.*

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), along with New York State Police, are investigating the deadliest transportation accident in the United States in approximately ten years. Family members of the 30-year-old said the group was out celebratingthe birthday a few miles outside of Albany, and about 170 miles away from New York City. 

The accident happened at the T-intersection at Route 30A around 2:00 p.m. A New York State Police spokesperson said that the limousine driver failed to stop at the intersection. The limo went across the intersection and struckthe SUV parked at a country store packed with people visiting the northern part of New York for the autumn. 

All of the occupants in the limo died, andtwo others who were in the parking lot of the country store also died. 

The intersection at 30A is notoriously dangerous. Locals say that the State Department of Transportation of New York outlawed trucks entering the intersection as the limo did because of the hill vehicles must descend, andthe trucks cannot stop. A witness said she saw the SUV stretch limo coming down the hill around 60 miles per hour. 

The limo was describedas an “after-market" stretch limo. Passengers are at highrisk of death or severe injury because there are no seatbeltsor airbags. 

The fatal incident is under investigation by the NTSB andNew York State Police.

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