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(Speeding) NY birthday party limousine crash leaves 20 dead

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Schoharie crash: Pictured one of the vehicles involved in the upstate NY collision.
schoharie crash
Schoharie crash: Pictured one of the vehicles involved in the upstate NY collision.

NY Schoharie crash kills 20: A ‘speeding’ stretch SUV limousine carrying a wedding party is involved in a crash with another vehicle at busy intersection near Apple Barrel Country Store.

Reports have told of 20 people being killed Saturday after a stretch SUV limousine, carrying a wedding party was involved in a crash with at least one other vehicle in upstate NY. 

Of the people killed, AP reported 18 being in the limousine along with two bystanders at the crash scene located at Schoharie. The limo at the time was en route to a wedding party.

Local reports indicated the limousine was carrying a wedding party, when it was involved in a crash with another vehicle at a busy intersection, just on 2pm. Officials would not confirm further details pending a press conference, 3 p.m. Sunday. The victims’ names were not released.

Police received 911 calls of a two-vehicle collision just before 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of State Route 30 and 30A in Schoharie, a town about 43 miles west of Albany, police said. The National Transportation Safety Board — who said on Sunday it was sending a ‘go-team’ to the crash site — confirmed one of the vehicles was a limousine.

‘What we can tell you at this point is that it is a 2 vehicle, multi fatalities as a result of this crash. The investigation is very preliminary it’s in its infancy stages,’ New York State Police Capt. Richard O’Brien said in a Saturday night news conference.

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The crash occurred near Apple Barrel Country Store, a place popular with tourists during fall. The store’s parking lot was filled with cars and people at the time of the crash when the limousine came speeding down a hill, the Times Union of Albany reported.

According to witnesses, the limo went down a hill and sped into bystanders at the Apple Barrel Country store. The parking lot at the store was filled with customers and parked cars when the crash happened.

Two customers in the parking lot were killed when they were hit by the limo coming down a hill on state Route 30 at ‘probably over 60 mph,’ the store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times .

Not clear was of the 18 people killed in the limo, how many had been traveling in the SUV vehicle.

Told local resident, Bridey Finnagen who lives near the crash site via WTEN‘I saw a lot of people here at the Apple Barrel out in the parking lot. Then I heard screaming. Then I saw this large van, a very unusual looking vehicle out here in Schoharie in the bushes and really wrecked, hit a tree.’

Adding, ‘The first responders broke some windows to try to get people out. I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks’.

According to reporter Paul Nelson, the limo ran a stop sign on Route 30 and broadsided another vehicle at the Route 30A intersection. ‘Authorities probing if limo’s brakes may have malfunctioned,’ Nelson tweeted.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.