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09 October 2018, 08:57 | Devin Moran
Limo crash kills 20 people in New York
The ceremony ended with participants lifting candles above their heads to signal unity and perseverance.
They now have the limo's black box, of sorts, and hope it may give them new information about what happened in the moments before the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. It took emergency workers more than 30 minutes to remove the injured passengers, according to the NTSB.
The vehicle was "not supposed to be on the road", he said. Rich was the father to a 10-year-old daughter, and the stepfather to a 14-year-old stepson, according to The New York Times.
The fatal crash highlights a number of shortcomings in such vehicles, including crash worthiness, seat belt use and the patchwork of state and federal regulations that provide inadequate oversight, Hersman said.
The T-shaped intersection has always been a trouble spot, and Kirby told the The Associated Press that repeatedly tractor trailers were unable to stop at the intersection and crashed near the store.
The firm says it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily.
The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV. He says consumers should search a U.S. Department of Transportation database before they choose a company.
Investigators plan to examine the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems as well as the road, which has a history as a danger spot. The driver, who was killed in the crash, has not been identified.
The limousine passengers, a close-knit group of 17 friends had originally rented "some kind of bus" Saturday to celebrate a friend's 30th birthday, Valerie Abeling said.
A limo like that - a converted 2001 Ford Expedition - crashed in upstate NY over the weekend, killing 20 people.
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.
In 2004, he testified in a case stemming from a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation against two men who were charged with money laundering as part of a plot to import missiles to NY.
The addition of several thousand pounds of additional frame and sheet metal from the longer body and the added weight of carrying more than a dozen passengers also puts far greater strain on a stretch limo's brakes and tires than they were designed for, he said.
There has been no immediate comment from the limousine company.
The crash "sounded like an explosion", witness Linda Riley, who was shopping with her sisters at the time, told The Associated Press.
The crash killed all 18 occupants of the modified limo and two pedestrians.
A NY state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y.
Senate Leader John Flanagan on Monday called Patrick Cushing an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man. Then I saw this large van, a very unusual looking vehicle, out here in Schoharie in the bushes and really wrecked, hit a tree".
Suzanne Douglass said her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, also died in the crash.
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