20 Killed In Limousine Crash In New York, Deadliest Road Accident Since 2009

| October 8 , 2018 , 10:23 IST

In the deadliest transportation accident since 2009, the death toll reached 20 on Sunday after a limousine carrying several couples to a birthday party failed to stop at an intersection in upstate New York and hit a parked vehicle. Initially, after the accident on Saturday, a death toll of 3 had been reported, along with injury to several people.

According to reports, the 2001 Ford Excursion limo, which does not require seatbelts for passengers, was travelling on State Route 30 A when it collided with an SUV in the parking lot on Saturday. All 18 people in the limousine, including the driver, were killed, and 2 pedestrians near the parked SUV were also killed. The cause of the accident has not yet been identified.

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Christopher Fiore, first deputy superintendent of the New York State Police said, "Everyone inside the limousine was killed."

Although authorities declined from releasing the names of the victims, the New York Times said that the victims included four sisters and at least two pairs of newlyweds, all adults and were travelling to a birthday party.

Meanwhile, a National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to investigate the scene on Sunday, and expects to remain there for about 5 days, NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

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"Twenty fatalities, it's just horrific," Sumwalt said.

"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life ... that we've seen in a long, long time. Colgan Air up at Buffalo killed 40 people, 50 people, but this is the most deadly transportation accident in this country since February of 2009," he said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed condolences on the deaths.

"I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time," Cuomo said.