Limo Crash That Killed 20 In New York Raises Questions About Safety

More than 37,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2017, according to federal data.

The NTSB will look at a number of factors, including the driver's fitness, whether fatigue was an issue, the company's compliance with state and federal regulations and its record of prior crashes, Sumwalt said.

"In my opinion, the owner of this company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road", the governor said while attending a Columbus Day Parade in New York City. And the T-bone intersection where the crash occurred-where Route 30 meets Route 30A-has also been characterized as "very unsafe".

"My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident", he said.

Thousands gathered along the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, New York, for a candlelight vigil to remember the 20 victims of a limousine crash that has left a devastated community with too many questions.

The limousine that crashed Saturday was headed to a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday.

There have been many questions raised over the condition of the stretch SUV limo, with the Washington Post reporting that passenger Erin Vertucci texted her aunt, Valerie Abeling, to say the limo was "in awful condition".

The birthday party on Saturday had been a surprise for Steenburg from her new husband, her aunt Barbara Douglas told The New York Post.

Erin, who worked in a pediatrician's office, and Shane, who worked for Miracle Ear, were married in June.

Her sisters, Abigail Jackson, and Mary Dyson, along with husbands Adam Jackson and Rob Dyson were also in the limo when it crashed.

The investigation is ongoing and a team from the National Transportation Safety Board is helping the New York State Police try to make sense of the tragedy.

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"They were handsome girls, full of life".

They were lovely girls, full of life. "They would do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family", she said.

"They were just loving and amusing and kind and everybody loved them and they were so good together", she added. On October 3, Steenburg shared a Facebook post thanking her husband for being so "kind and loving". Axel and Amy Steenburg, newlyweds from Amsterdam, N.Y., had rented the limo, Axel Steenburg's stepfather told The New York Times. According to an online fundraiser to cover his funeral expenses, he has one young daughter.

Matthew Coons, who served as a groomsman at the Steenburgs' wedding, was also killed, along with his girlfriend Savannah Bursese.

Image: Erin McGowan sent a text moments before she died.

Ms Abeling said of the victims: "She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was too".

Cushing worked in the New York Senate's technology service unit and played for the US Dodgeball team, which described him on Facebook as an awesome friend and "one of the most agile and dominant players in the world".

Officials have not yet said what caused driver Scott Lisinicchia to lose control, or why the accident was so deadly. The driver is responsible for making sure any passengers under the age of 18 are wearing seat belts, and adults are considered responsible for themselves.

"There have been tractor trailers that have come barreling down that hill and it was a miracle they didn't kill somebody", Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner told the Albany Times Union.

Officials found that modified limousines - which are banned or more highly regulated in several European countries - are made from vehicles that are often cut in half, and then have side panels added to elongate the cab.

Their younger brother, Eric Steenberg, who was not on the trip, told the news station it seemed like "a really bad dream".

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