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From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/7/18 12:09 PM 
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20 killed in crash involving limo reportedly carrying wedding party in upstate New York

 Police said Sunday that 20 people were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Saturday in upstate New York.

The Albany Times Union reported a limousine was carrying a wedding party when it crashed at the "notorious" intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A in the town of Schoharie, about 25 miles west of Albany. Photos from the scene show a white stretch SUV entangled in trees off the side of the road.

State police said the crash was reported just before 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Times Union, citing local officials, reported that the limo sped down a hill and crashed into bystanders at a nearby country store. It's unclear whether any or all the victims were riding in the limo.

The names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

At least six ambulances and two helicopters responded to the crash, CBS affiliate WRGB-TV reported

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said investigators were en route to the scene Sunday morning. Authorities plan to hold a press conference on the crash at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/7/18 4:33 PM 
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 20 dead in upstate New York crash involving limousine

18 of the victims were in the limousine and the other two were bystanders, the Associated Press reported.

 Twenty people were dead and a picturesque, upstate New York community was in shock and mourning Sunday after a "horrific" crash of a limousine van near an intersection of rural, winding roads.

State Police spokesman Christopher Fiore said the limousine failed to stop at the intersection and slammed into a parked SUV. Eighteen people in the limousine and two bystanders were killed, he said.

The aunt of one of the victims in a limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York says the vehicle was on its way to a birthday celebration.

Valerie Abeling says newlyweds Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan were among those killed. She says Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30.

Abeling says her daughter had been invited along but was unable to go.

She says the family has not learned much about the circumstances of the crash.

She says "our lives have been changed forever."

The wreck took place Saturday in Schoharie, a town of 3,300 people about 160 miles north of New York City. The area is popular with tourists during the fall foliage season, and the local Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe was drawing a crowd on Saturday.


From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/8/18 6:31 PM 
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Owner of limousine that crashed, killing 20, was FBI informant who testified in terrorism trials

The owner of the limousine company linked to the deadliest transportation accident in nine years is no stranger to the law.

Shahed Hussain, who owns Prestige Limousine, served as an FBI informant in two terrorism cases after pleading guilty to a federal fraud charge in 2002.

A state official confirmed Hussain’s bizarre history to The Albany Times Union.

Now, Hussain faces the prospect of an avalanche of lawsuits for the crash that killed 20 people, as well as possible criminal charges.

On Monday, two days after the crash, Gov. Cuomo confirmed that the driver of the limo did not have the proper license and that the vehicle had failed an inspection just last month.


From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/8/18 6:47 PM 
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Driver in deadly limo crash reportedly had prior drug busts

The driver in the deadly upstate limo crash was busted twice on drug charges during the past eight years — including once during a traffic stop, according to reports published at the time.

Scott Lisinicchia, then 48, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and an equipment violation when he was stopped while driving in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 22, 2013, The Saratogian reported the following day.


From: vilibro31110/9/18 12:18 AM 
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its such a tragedy for this area...the local tv showed a vigil in Amsterdam NY where most of the victims were from...

now they are bringing defects in the driver,the vehicle...unfortunately after the fact..

my daughter is a member of the school district and one of her aquaintances was killed she's pretty upset....

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From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/9/18 12:23 AM 
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I'm sorry for your daughter;  this is something that never should have happened; unsafe "Frankenstein" limo, with uncertified driver,  so sad and sensless.


From: vilibro31110/9/18 12:30 AM 
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she goes back to school tomorrow now the holiday's over...I imagine she'll have a distressing report to tell us..

that vigil was quite moving...they showed a few politicians giving short addressed..but...this is the first time I can remember seeing  politicians looking visibly upset...


From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/9/18 12:33 AM 
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I'm afraid you are right;  this is making the news here big time, though not as big as in your area I'm sure.

Anyone who isn't truly upset about this doesn't have a heart.


From: Showtalk DelphiPlus Member Icon10/9/18 9:56 AM 
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They should be upset. It was a very senseless accident.  I’m sorry for your daughter’s friend and all those who have to deal with the aftermath.



From: Shrinking Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host10/9/18 11:40 AM 
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Sisters, a teacher, newlyweds: A look at limo crash victims

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) -- A weightlifter with a heart of gold. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students. Newlyweds who held the world in their hands. They are among the 20 people who died in Saturday's limousine crash in upstate New York. The group included four sisters, two brothers and several longtime friends who had gathered to celebrate a birthday party.

What is known about the victims who have been identified so far:


The limousine that crashed Saturday was headed to a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday. Amy and Axel had been married in June and traveled extensively in recent months, according to their Facebook pages.

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

The couple lived in Amsterdam with their dog.

In her final Facebook post, Amy wrote that loved her husband "more than words can say."

"You are such an amazing man and entertain all my crazy ideas," she wrote. "Even when I move a couch just to move it back to the original place."


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