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Limo in NY crash that killed 20 failed inspection

Limo in NY crash that killed 20 failed inspection”

A limousine crash over the weekend that killed 20 people has focused attention on rules governing the ungainly vehicles, which can be as long as 30 feet and are exempt from the crash standards that apply to new cars and trucks.

"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".

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spoke about the development, as federal transportation authorities started what will be a lengthy investigation of the vehicle, the driver and other factors related to an intersection that many consider to be risky. The board is now examining when and how the vehicle was converted and what caused this tragedy.

Prestige Limousine, the company responsible for the vehicle, was being sent a cease and desist until the investigation is complete, Cuomo said. She complained the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.

Sumwalt at news conference on Sunday said investigators would determine the cause of the crash at a later time. It then flew across the street and slammed into an unoccupied and parked SUV in a parking lot; two pedestrians, who were standing nearby, were killed.

Before the limousine crashed on the way to a birthday party, one of the victims, Erin McGowan, texted a friend that the limousine appeared to have engine trouble, the New York Times reported.

One of the 20 victims involved in the crash told her cousin moments before the collision that the stretch limousine was in bad condition, The Washington Post reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Ford Excursion limo carrying 18 young people to a birthday celebration was originally a traditional SUV that was stretched.

"She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.

Four sisters - Mary Dyson, Abby Jackson, Allison King and Amy Steenburg - all perished in the crash, state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said.

The women's aunt, Barbara Douglas, told the New York Post they were "beautiful girls". This won't necessarily reveal all issues, but customers can at least get an idea about the vehicle's condition.

"I can tell you that wearing seat belts does saves lives". "You leave the house in the morning, and sometimes you'll never see your loved ones again".

"I don't want to describe the scene".

In the 2014 limo crash that almost killed comedian Tracy Morgan and left another man dead, the NTSB found none of the passengers were wearing seat belts which contributed to the severity of the injured.

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

Patrick Cushing, and his girlfriend of two years, Amanda Halse, have also been confirmed as among the dead.

"Adam and Abby were incredible parents to these girls and taken much too soon", the online fundraising campaign reads.

Valerie Abeling told CNN that her niece, Erin McGowan was close friends with the Steenburgs. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer".

"It's a disgusting tragedy and there's no words to describe how we feel", Abeling told CNN. Officials say it's the deadliest transportation accident in the US since 2009.

Last month's inspection of the vehicle, which it failed, was performed by the state Department of Transportation, Cuomo said. That's one of the inspections that the limo in the crash had failed because of brake and suspension problems, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

A grand jury found that vehicles converted into stretch limousines often don't have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits.

All three of the company's vehicles had violations when they were inspected last month, records show.



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