Limousine crash: Vehicle 'failed inspection' and driver 'did not have proper licence'

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George A. Amedore, and New York Congressman Paul Tonko gather for a vigil memorial at Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook in Amsterdam, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

Courtney Glorioso sang "Amazing Grace", joined at the end by numerous people on the crowded bridge before a moment of silence was held with candles raised in memorial to the dead. The ceremony ended with everyone lifting their candles above their heads in unity.

Relatives say the limousine was carrying four sisters, relatives and friends to a 30th birthday celebration when it crashed Saturday, killing all 18 in the limo and two pedestrians.

Ms Barbara Douglas, the aunt of the sisters, said the victims were smart, handsome and lived life to the fullest.

"My heart is completely sunken", Karina said.

"My niece was four years older than him, and she said she found the love of her life", she said.

"There's going to be two main areas of this investigation". Chuck Schumer said he urged the NTSB to better investigate limousine accidents in the country, saying Sunday, "because we desperately need more data to prevent them and minimize their toll". The automaker has a program that certifies companies that modify vehicles to Ford specifications, but it was unclear whether the limo in Saturday's crash was altered by one of those companies. They are also looking into the driver's record and qualifications and conducting an autopsy to see if drugs or alcohol were factors.

The New York company that owns a supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people says it has taken its cars off the road while probing what caused the wreck. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer". The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage. It also failed an on-site state inspection.

The Gansevoort, New York-based company said it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily.

The intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A where the crash occurred has always been flagged as a risky one, with efforts made tho re-structure the intersection seven years ago. The inspection turned up several violations, including anti-lock brake malfunction indicators and inoperative or defective windshield wipers.

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As names of the victims have been released by the media, we learned that a member of the party did have a reservation at the brewery for Saturday at noon. The owner, former Federal Bureau of Investigation informant Shahed Hussain, operates his business out of a "low-budget hotel", per the Times, and seems to have dispatched a vehicle with unreliable brakes and a shoddy suspension system.

In 2004, he testified in a case stemming from a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation against two men who were charged with money laundering as part of a plot to import missiles to NY.

His role at the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assailed by civil liberties groups, who accused him of helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation entrap people.

The FBI isn't commenting on whether Hussain was an informant.

Authorities didn't say whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts, give the speed of the limo or speculate what caused the limo to run a stop sign at an intersection and slam into a parked SUV by the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

After the deadliest USA transportation accident in almost a decade, the transparency of limousine services will likely become a concern for groups looking to hire a vehicle.

The National Transportation Safety Board will examine federal oversight of the limousine industry as part of its investigation into the crash, the deadliest US transportation accident since 2009, Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

Factory-built limousines must meet stringent safety regulations.

The National transportation Safety Board has launched a team to investigate the crash.

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