20 people killed after limousine crashes into vehicle, pedestrians


"There have been tractor trailers that have come barreling down that hill and it was a miracle they didn't kill somebody", Tavenner said. They said they would be open on Sunday and will being collecting donations for local volunteer emergency services.

One of the vehicles, a limousine, was carrying members of a wedding party, the New York Times said, citing local reports.

In 2014, the latest year with available figures, crashes on the state's highways resulted in $808.1 million in hospitalization and emergency department charges, the Department of Health said on its website. "They did the responsible thing so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere".

All 18 people in the limo were killed, including the driver, Fiore said Sunday.

Sumwalt added that most of the victims were found inside the vehicle following the crash and one or two victims may have been ejected.

"I don't know what to tell you, they were the best nieces that anybody could have", she said.

Abeling says her daughter had been invited along but was unable to go.

It was the deadliest transport crash since February 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people.

State Police have scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference. Two pedestrians there were also struck and died.

Investigators were trying to identify victims based on the license plates of cars parked in front of the home of a couple that reportedly rented the limousine, according to The New York Times.

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Deputy Superintendent Fiore did not comment on speed, or whether the occupants of the vehicle had been wearing seat belts.

Schoharie County is about 48 miles away from Albany, the capital of New York State.

Four sisters - Mary Dyson, Abby Jackson, Allison King and Amy Steenburg - all perished in the crash, state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said. They were on their way to a friend's birthday party, she said.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere.

Numerous victims were from the upstate city of Amsterdam, about 20 miles north of the crash site.

The New York intersection where a limousine crashed, killing 18 people headed to a birthday party, is notoriously known as a unsafe intersection that officials have attempted to fix without success, a nearby store owner and officials said.

A news conference is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Associated Press writer David Klepper in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed.

A stretch limousine taking 18 people to a 30th birthday party in NY crashed on Saturday killing all the occupants, and two pedestrians, in the deadliest United States transportation accident in nearly a decade.

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