Vehicle ran through a stop sign at a T-junction, killing all 18 people inside the limo and two pedestrians
The stretch limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in upstate New York on Saturday, including two pedestrians and all those riding inside, had recently failed a vehicle inspection and should not have been on the road, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road, Cuomo said on Monday, speaking to reporters.
Cuomo also said the driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified and was killed along with all the passengers, did not have the specific license a commercial drivers license with a passenger endorsement required to drive the limousine.
The crash involving the limousine, which was taking people to a birthday party, occurred near an upstate New York tourist spot, about 40 miles west of the state capital Albany.The vehicleran through a stop sign at a junction at the bottom of a hill.
All 18 people inside the limo 17 passengers and a driver were killed in the collision with a parked, empty car, and two pedestrians also died after being hit.
Local officials told the Times Union of Albany that a limo speeding down a hill hit bystanders Saturday afternoon outside the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, about 170 miles north of New York City,the paper reported.
An aunt of one of the victims said a recently wed couple were among those killed. Valerie Abeling identified the two victims as Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30. Abeling said of the wider family: Our lives have been changed forever. Four sisters were among the dead, as the group of local relatives and friends headed to the 30th birthday celebrations of one of the sisters, according to local reports on Monday.
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