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Limousine crash leaves 20 dead in New York

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A limousine carrying four sisters, other relatives, and friends to a birthday celebration blew through a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store in upstate New York, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians.

The weekend crash was characterized by authorities as the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in nearly a decade. The crash turned a relaxed Saturday afternoon into horror at a rural spot popular with tourists viewing the region’s fall foliage. Relatives said the limousine was carrying the sisters and their friends to a 30th birthday celebration.

The driver of a supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people outside an upstate New York country store wasn’t properly licensed, and the limo failed a state safety inspection just last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues into what Saturday’s wreck in Schoharie. (AP)

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Schoharie County Sheriff Ronald Stevens,left, New York State Sen. James Seward ,center, and Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y.,speak to reporters at the scene of Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: Hans Pennink/AP)


Television networks broadcast at the roadside memorial scene of Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: Hans Pennink/AP)


Television networks broadcast at the roadside memorial scene of Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 8, 2018. (Photo: Hans Pennink/AP)


Debris is scattered over a wide area on Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday’s fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday’s fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash in Schoharie, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2018. (WTEN via AP)


A woman kneels after placing flowers, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Debris is scattered over a wide area, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday’s fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Friends of victims who died in Saturday’s fatal limousine crash comfort each other after placing flowers at an intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew through a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all the people in the limo and two pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash involving a limousine in Schoharie, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2018. (WTEN via AP)


A body is draped by a blanket at the scene of a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 2018. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP)


Recovery crews remove debris from the scene of a fatal crash, Oct. 7, 2018, where a limousine crashed into a parked and unoccupied SUV, killing 20 people at an intersection, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


A New York state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday’s fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew through a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all the people in the limo and two pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


A New York state trooper and a member of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday’s fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Flowers are placed at a roadside memorial at the scene of Saturday’s fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


Barbara Douglas of Danamora, N.Y., reacts while talking about her four family members who died in Saturday’s fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)


People place flowers, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)