Limo had failed safety test

10 Octobre, 2018, 01:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday’s fatal crash in Schoharie N.Y. Oct. 7 2018

The company said it has "voluntarily taken our fleet of vehicles off of the road during the investigation".

Cuomo is referring to the revelation that the limo in the crash had failed inspection last month, and its driver did not have the proper license. There is no evidence the state took any steps to do so.

Ms Steenburg, who was celebrating her 30th birthday, got married during the summer, and another newlywed couple, Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan, also died.

"This does need to be a wake-up call", said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Investigators plan to examine the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems as well as the road, which has a history as a danger spot. "They were two very young, attractive people" who "had everything going for them".

Cuomo said the limousine was a "chopped vehicle", meaning it had been cut and extended and required federal certification that it had been extended in a way that abides by the law, which it did not have, according to NBC.

The Gansevoort, New York-based company has three vehicles and two drivers, records show, although officials said three vehicles had been seized along with the one involved in the crash. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer".

She added that the state Department of Transportation has banned heavy trucks from the intersection but there are constant smaller crashes.

A National Transportation Safety Board team arrived Sunday to investigate.

The crash happened in Schoharie in upstate NY on Saturday shortly before 2pm.

The crash "sounded like an explosion", said Linda Riley, of nearby Schenectady, who was on a shopping trip with her sisters.

The owner of Prestige Limousine, Shahed Hussain, shares the same name and address as that of a former FBI informant who appeared as a witness in two U.S. cases in which prosecutors brought terrorism charges against defendants, transportation and federal court records showed.

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.

Court records show that the Shahed Hussain who owns that motel gained fame in the years after the September 11 attacks for infiltrating Muslim groups for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Investigators have yet to determine whether the driver tried to brake. She complained the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.

"You just can't wrap your head around it, you just can't", said Barbara Douglas, an aunt to four of those who died.

"My heart is completely sunken", Karina said.

It was the deadliest United States transport crash in almost a decade, according to federal authorities.

Few federal regulations govern limos modified after leaving the factory.

State and local authorities respond to the scene about 40 miles west of Albany. They had to change out the vehicle, apparently.

"Those safety issues had been addressed and corrected", attorney Lee Kindlon, who represents Prestige, told CBS News in a segment Tuesday. It did certify outside companies to modify them to Ford specifications for up to 14 seats during the 2001 model year, but it wasn't clear who modified the SUV that crashed Saturday.

"We were incredibly saddened to learn of this awful tragedy".

Brian Hough, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Oswego, and his father-in-law, James Schnurr, were standing in the parking lot and killed as a result of the crash. But some big-limo wrecks caught the public's attention and prompted pleas for more oversight.

"It's clear that stretching a limo can put the wheels in motion for a bad tragedy", Schumer said then in a press release.

There was only one side door in that limo's passenger compartment, the NTSB found, and there were no regulations to prevent such modifications.

"I just wanted to say Axel Steenburg I love you more than words can say!" read the post.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families following this horrific tragedy", Fiore said. "And that may very well be what happened here".

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