Killed in New York Limo Crash is Deadliest Since 2009

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Meanwhile, state police are conducting a criminal probe of the tragedy.

For example, in the state of MI, limousines in operation must pass a yearly inspection by a mechanic licensed by the state, according to the Limousine, Taxicab, And Transportation Network Company Act. All 17 passengers, the driver, and two bystanders, who had been standing nearby, were killed in the crash.

The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues into what caused Saturday's shocking accident in Schoharie, New York.

Valerie Abeling said her newlywed niece Erin McGowan, who died along with her husband Shane, sent a text about the state of the stretch limousine.

"We'll determine if there is any criminal culpability on the part of anyone", New York State Police Major Robert Patnaude said at a news conference Monday.

The crash killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of the limousine, which was headed to a birthday party.

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road", Cuomo said.

Cuomo also spoke about the victims.

"Adam and Abby were fantastic parents to these girls and taken much too soon", the page says, adding that the children are both under five years old. "Thank you for being so kind and loving xo". "So first, our thoughts and prayers are with all those grieving parents, friends, relatives in this horrendous accident". Patenaude said state police have been in touch with him, but he was in Pakistan, his home country, on Monday.

Hussain also served as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in the controversial case of the Newburgh Four.

New York actually has some of the most stringent regulations in the country when it comes to vehicles carrying 10 or more passengers, according to Kevin Barwall, president of the Limousine, Bus and Taxi Operators of Upstate New York.

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Hussain, the informant, posed as a wealthy Muslim radical and was the central prosecution witness in a 2004 federal sting focusing on a pizzeria owner and an imam at an Albany mosque.

Several years later, Hussain posed as a radical militant, helping the government convict four men of plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down military planes at an airport in Newburgh, New York.

The work as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant paid well, according to "The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism".

A call to the company's office from Associated Press was unanswered on Monday (local time).

Police offered few details about what the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board called a "horrific crash" in the town of Schoharie.

There was no information Sunday on the limousine or its integrity. It's believed to be the deadliest transportation accident of any kind in the USA since 2009. "They had their whole lives ahead of them", she said.

"I can tell you that wearing seat belts does save lives". "They don't follow the rules". A federal certification that should be in the vehicle isn't visible, but that may be due to crash damage, an NTSB investigator said.

Two of the couples were newlyweds, the paper said.

At no point do any of these stretch limos have to show how they perform in a crash test. With safety advancements in cars, an accident like this may seem surprising, but stretch limousines are not held to the same standard new cars are. "We always map all of the accidents".

The birthday party guests were riding in a 2001 Ford Expedition that had been converted into a limousine. "He wanted me to again do whatever I could to express to the families and the victims his sorrow", Kindlon said. "If you're not someone familiar with that road, that stop comes up quick".

The crash occurred where two state highways - State Route 30 and State Route 30A - meet at the bottom of a hill.

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