Cuomo: Limo in crash that killed 20 failed inspection last month

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Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner said Sunday the New York Department of Transportation had in recent years outlawed heavy trucks on the hill because of instances where runaway trucks lost their ability to apply the brakes down the steep grade. But state police say they seized four Prestige cars, including the one that crashed.

The sisters-Amy Steenburg, Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson and Allison King-had all been riding in the same stretch limo on their way to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday at an Cooperstown, New York brewery, along with three of the sisters' husbands Axel Steenburg, Adam Jackson and Rob Dyson.

A person with knowledge of the investigation into the crash tells The Associated Press that 18 of the victims were in the limousine.

A woman killed in the nation's deadliest transportation accident in almost a decade wrote a sweet post on Facebook commemorating her love to her husband just days before the crash. "You can't wrap you head around such a tragedy where you have four of your daughters die", Barbara Douglas, the aunt of the sisters, told reporters at the scene.

Since the reconstruction, three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign and into a field behind her business, she said.

The aunt of one of the victims in a limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY says the vehicle was on its way to a birthday celebration.

Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30, as well as four young sisters were among the passengers killed, their families told ABC News.

His niece had worked in record-keeping at a hospital in Amsterdam and had recently married the love of her life, Vertucci told the Times Union.

"She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was, too, they were very sweet", Abeling said.

The manager of the shop near the crash site said the intersection where the tragedy took place was a known danger spot that had concerned local residents for a long time. A teacher who wanted better lives for her students.

The limousine involved in an accident that killed 20 people in upstate New York on Saturday, including two pedestrians and all those riding inside, failed an inspection last month and should not have been on the road, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Four sisters are among 20 people dead after a limousine on its way to a 30th birthday party crashed into a parked vehicle in upstate NY. Two bystanders also were killed.

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"Saturday, Rich, Axel and other friends and family passed in an unfortunate party bus accident", she wrote.

A NY state trooper and members of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

The vehicle, which was transporting 18 people going to a birthday party when it crashed into a parked auto, was a last-minute replacement for a hired bus that had broken down.

She says she got out and saw a body on the ground by her vehicle, and broken tree branches everywhere.

News agency calls to the company for comment on Monday were unanswered.

Schoharie is about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City.

Saturday's wreck was the nation's deadliest transportation accident of any kind since a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people.

There has been no detailed information on the limousine, its origin, or its integrity.

"More accidents than I can count", said Jessica Kirby, the managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

Two additional pedestrians and the limo driver were killed during the crash.

Eyewitnesses said that a number of people entering and leaving the store were hit in Saturday's incident, local media report.

State police have set up a dedicated phone line to assist the family members of the victims in the crash.

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