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20 die in two-car accident involving wedding limo in upstate NY

20 die in two-car accident involving wedding limo in upstate NY

"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time", he said, the deadliest since February 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people.

National Transport Safety Board investigators make their way to scene of the collision on Sunday.

He said authorities were able to figure out the direction the limo was traveling and what occurred based on evidence found at the crash scene.

As more details emerge about the apparent broken rules, investigators also are wondering whether the unusual structure of the limo may have contributed to this mass tragedy. The limo was estimated to have been going above 60 miles per hour, according to witnesses. Chairman Robert Sumwalt and Bruce Landsberg, the agency's vice chairman, are expected to hold a briefing Sunday afternoon.

Many stretch limos "may lack certain basic safety features like the necessary number of side impact airbags, reinforced rollover protection bars, structurally sound frames and accessible emergency exits that can aid passengers and first responders in the event of a crash", Schumer's office said in a news release at the time. Police have not released any of the victims' names and said late Saturday they were notifying the next of kin of those who died.

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Police said that, of the 20 victims, 18 had been inside the limousine.

The NTSB launched its "go team" to Schoharie to help investigate the crash and its causes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was briefed and issued the following statement: "I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and love ones during this extremely hard time".

Local media reported that the vehicle sped down a hill and crashed into bystanders in Schoharie County, New York.

A limousine drove through a stop sign at the end of a highway and ploughed into an unoccupied vehicle in NY state, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians in the deadliest transportation accident in the United States in nearly a decade.

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State Police have set up a dedicated phone line to assist the family members of the victims in Saturday's crash, CBS2's Lisa Rozner reported. "The investigation is very preliminary. It's in its infancy stages". She added that one of the vehicles appeared to be a limousine.

"We've heard accidents before", she said. They accounted for only one death crash out of 34,439 fatal accidents in 2016, the previous year for which data is available.

Five women out for a bachelorette party were killed in 2013 when their stretch limo caught fire in Northern California because of friction between the drive shaft and the rear floorboard.

The next year in New Jersey, a limo bus carrying actor Tracy Morgan collided with a tractor-trailer; one passenger died and Morgan and another passenger were injured.

"She was just such a pretty girl", Semprivivo said of his stepdaughter before hanging up. That empty auto was hit with such force that it was thrown into two nearby pedestrians who were killed as well, state police officials said.

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