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2018 Schoharie New York traffic accident

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On October 6, 2018, a limousine crash in Schoharie County, New York killed over 20 people.[1] The crash occurred near the Apple Barrel Country Store and Routes 30 and 30A, at 13:55.[2] This incident is similar to the 2015 Long Island Limo Crash, which killed 4,[3] and the most deadly accident in the state since a plane crashed into a house in 2009 which killed 50 people.[4]

Incident[edit | edit source]

On October 6, a 2001 Ford Excursion SUV-style stretch limousine used for a wedding party was involved in a two car crash in Schoharie County.[5] The limo failed to stop at the intersection with Route 30A and continued into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store where it crashed into a parked SUV and then came to a stop in a gully.[6] The manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store told reporters that multiple customers in the store parking lot were killed when the limo sped down the hill "probably over 60 mph".[7] The limo crashed into another vehicle in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store.[8]

All eighteen people in the limousine, as well as two bystanders in the parking lot, were killed in the collision.[9]

Victims[edit | edit source]

During a press conference officials released that all 20 deceased victims were adults and that 18 deceased were occupants of the limousine and 2 deceased victims were bystanders.[4]

Investigation[edit | edit source]

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene of the crash.[10] A member of the New York State Police told reporters that they had deployed a reconstruction unit, facial identification and a drone in order to gather data about the crash and the victims.[11]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement which expressed his condolences to the victims, commended the first responders actions, and highlighted that the state police were working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash.[12]

The Apple Barrel Country Store began to collect donations for local first responders, who are a mostly volunteer organization, and there is a planned vigil to honor the victims at the store on October 9.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Police: 20 dead in upstate NY crash involving limousine". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  2. "US wedding limousine crash kills 20". BBC News. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  3. "Pickup Driver Loses License in 2015 Limo Crash That Killed 4". NBC New York. Retrieved 2018-10-07. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "20 killed in horrific limousine crash in upstate New York". CBS. October 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-07. 
  5. "20 killed in Schoharie limousine crash". Times Union. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  6. "NTSB: Schoharie crash deadliest in US since 2009". WNYT NewsChannel 13. Retrieved 2018-10-07. 
  7. "Limo Crash Leaves 20 Dead at Popular Tourist Spot in Upstate New York". Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  8. "'Then I heard screaming': 20 people dead in limo crash involving wedding party". New York Post. October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  9. Staff, WTEN (October 7, 2018). "BREAKING: 20 killed in wedding limo crash". WKRG. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  10. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/20-killed-in-upstate-ny-limousine-crash/ar-BBO3Cpc?ocid=ientp
  11. Staff, WTEN (October 7, 2018). "BREAKING: 20 killed in wedding limo crash". WKRG. Retrieved October 7, 2018. 
  12. Klepper, David (October 7, 2018). "Witness: NY crash that left 20 dead was 'like an explosion'". WNYT NewsChannel 13. Retrieved 2018-10-07. 
  13. Burkhard, Emily (October 7, 2018). "Locals react to Schoharie crash that left 20 dead". WNYT NewsChannel 13. Retrieved 2018-10-07. 


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