20 killed in limo crash in upstate NY

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The 2001 Ford Excursion limousine was traveling southwest on Route 30 in Schoharie around 2 p.m. when it failed to stop at a T-junction with state Route 30A and crashed into an SUV parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, Fiore said. The crash would be one of the worst accidents in recent history.

Kirby told The New York Times the limo was coming down a hill "probably over 60 miles per hour".

The Albany Times Union reported that the limo had a wedding party inside, but it did not report on the names of those involved.

The parking lot was crowded with people and vehicles at the time of the crash, according to local reports. All of those killed were adults over the age of 18.

Adam and Abby Jackson, who are parents to a four-year-old and a 16-month old, were also killed.

New York State Police are investigating the accident, as is the National Transportation Safety Board. Manager Jessica Kirby said in an interview that it's only the latest accident to happen there. NTSB staff will remain in Schoharie throughout the week.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement Sunday thanking first responders for working on the scene through the night.

"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".

The Apple Barrel announced on Facebook it would be open for business on Sunday and would collect donations for first responders.

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Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner said Saturday that these efforts may well have been for naught, with the intersection still being highly risky, as exhibited by the weekend's tragedy.

Ms. Kirby also said the intersection was unsafe. It was the deadliest transportation incident in the United States since 2009. They came to the town and we objected to the way they were going to change it. "One has two little children and one has one child and they no home, no parents". He described the T intersection at the bottom of a hill as a poor design, which he said had been the scene of close calls involving trucks before and could be confusing to people who aren't familiar with it.

As part of their investigation, officials plan to look into the condition of the roadway, the driver, the vehicle and the company, Sumwalt of the NTSB said at the press conference.

"We're just talking layers of tragedy".

"They are the heroes of our small community", the post said.

"You just can't wrap your head around it, you just can't", said Barbara Douglas, aunt of four victims.

Ms. Kirby said that Columbus Day weekend is the busiest weekend of the year for the store, and that it was packed.

"Our hearts grieve for the victim's families, our customers who tried to help, and our staff who did everything they could to comfort", the store stated.

New York State Police said autopsies, including toxicology tests, were under way on all the passengers and the driver of the limousine.

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