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20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York

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

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported on Monday evening there were no apparent skid marks before a limousine barreled through an intersection and crashed into a parked vehicle, killing 20 people in upstate NY at the weekend.

The New York Times says Prestige Limousine issued a statement Monday saying it's conducting "a detailed internal investigation".

He also said the limo - built by cutting apart a heavy-duty SUV and lengthening it - had been created without federal certification, though NTSB officials said they hadn't yet determined whether the vehicle met federal standards. Cars owned by NY residents need to be inspected yearly.

Sumwalt at a Sunday news conference said investigators would not determine the cause of the crash while on the scene and provide that information later.

The 19-seater limo ran a stop sign and hit a parked SUV.

The National Transportation Safety Board is inspecting the crash, which is the deadliest transportation disaster since a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people.

Investigators plan to examine everything from the mangled limo's data recorders and mechanical systems to the road, which has a history as a danger spot. An older vehicle like the 2001 Excursion stretch limo did not have side-impact or curtain airbags from the factory, so you can bet there were no airbags for any of the passengers in this horrific crash, either.

They were celebrating Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday, said Anthony Vertucci, the uncle of Erin McGowan, who was killed in the crash along with her new husband Shane McGowan.

Following a fatal limousine crash three years ago, The New York Times talked to Raul Arbelaez from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 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. Asked Monday about Hussain, the Federal Bureau of Investigation wouldn't comment. He worked for the New York State Senate and played for a U.S. Dodgeball team. "As I gather with you this evening, I see it manifested in a very powerful expression". "We do need to learn from this". 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.

"She would be the one to initiate things", she said. There were newlyweds and young couples and four sisters, all on their way to revel at an upstate NY brewery. She complained the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone. Among the victims were four sisters.

A limousine "failed to stop" at an intersection in upstate NY and struck a parked vehicle, leaving 20 people dead, State Police said Sunday. Drivers must be properly licensed and undergo a background check.

A call to the company's office from Associated Press was unanswered on Monday (local time). All 18 occupants and two bystanders were killed, police said Sunday.

It was the deadliest USA transport crash in almost a decade, according to federal authorities.

Senate Leader John Flanagan on Monday called Patrick Cushing an "extraordinary" employee and "wonderful young man".

The mourners congregated Monday evening near a pedestrian bridge in the city of 17,000 that was home to many of those killed.

"Don't believe what they say".

"Family members that are here, and loved ones, please know, as a community, our prayers are with you throughout this journey and throughout this time", he said.

The group included four sisters and two brothers.

Here we have 20 lives that have been lost tragically.

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