The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues into what caused Saturday's crash in Schoharie.
Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner described how two state highways meet at the bottom of a steep hill at a T-shaped intersection, with a three-way stop.
Investigators say the driver, Scott Lisinicchia, did not have the appropriate license to operate the vehicle. He said the limo was carrying out-of-towners during a busy tourist weekend, Stone Fort Days.
"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life ..."
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go-team" to the crash site from Washington DC, which are used to investigate major accidents. The person says that the other two victims were bystanders.
"She's angry. She keeps asking if he's coming back from the hospital", said Andrea Orokos, Rich's sister-in-law.
There were conflicting reports about where the passengers in the limousine were headed. The party had initially booked some sort of bus to transport them to the venue but were assigned the limousine after the original vehicle broke down.
The intersection has always been a concern for locals, reported The Associated Press.
Her husband, Rob, also was killed.
"These were young couples, just got married and had their whole lives ahead of them". "I can't even imagine how it happened, or why it happened". "He loved, hugged, and cried with his friends and family like their problems were his, and celebrated with those same family and friends like our successes were his personal goals", he said. She was a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, reported The New York Times.
Seventeen passengers in the limousine, including Amy Steenburg, who was celebrating her 30th birthday, Amy's husband Axel, Axel's brother Richard, Amy's three sisters and one of her brothers-in-law, were among the dead.
"Abby" Jackson, one of the sisters of the birthday girl, and her husband Adam, who are parents to a four-year-old and a 16-month old, were also killed. Karina Halse lost her 26-year-old sister Amanda, who died alongside her boyfriend Patrick.
But officials already saw some red flags, Cuomo said: The driver didn't have the necessary commercial license, and the vehicle failed a state inspection that examined such things as the chassis, suspension and brakes. The travel provider then sent a stretch limousine to take the group the rest of the way. McGowan texted that the limo was in poor condition, with its motor "making everyone deaf".
"These were friends just starting their lives, getting married and this is how it ended", Abeling said.
"They were both just soul mates because they just radiated love and beauty and how a marriage should be", Abeling told CNN.
Photos from Times-Union photographer Peter R. Barber showed a white van-style stretch limousine lodged in a ditch, along with police and emergency vehicles that had converged upon the scene.
Reuters was not able to reach Prestige Limousine for comment and the company's listed phone number was disconnected. I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help.
"More accidents than I can count", said Jessica Kirby, the managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe. "Whether or not it would have made a difference here. remains to be seen", Sumwalt said.
In another interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Kindlon disputed assertions by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Monday said the Department of Transportation had faulted the limo's "suspension system, chassis system, braking system".
Here's what we know about the victims so far.
Thank you for signing up for the STL Morning Rush Newsletter. But some of those family members were sharing their stories. The victims include four sisters and two newlywed couples, the Times Union of Albany reported.
He said the aim of the investigation was to determine how to prevent such a devastating crash from ever occurring again, and did not rule out that the probe could shed broader insights on the safety of passenger limousines themselves.
Lawmakers promised to lend their sway in providing the community answers to the questions surrounding Saturday's crash in Schoharie, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam. "They were the Four Musketeers". "It doesn't sound like anybody survived in that limo".