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New York limo that crashed and killed 20 people failed inspection

AFP | Updated on: 09 Oct 2018, 08:02:05 AM
New York limo that crashed and killed 20 people failed inspection (Representational Photo)

New York:

The limousine involved in the deadliest transport accident on Sunday in the United States for nearly a decade had failed inspection and the driver was not properly licensed, a top official has said.

Twenty people were killed when the SUV-style stretch vehicle careened out of control on Saturday in Schoharie, a town in New York state, killing all 18 occupants and two pedestrians. The passengers of the limo -- including four sisters, newlyweds and young couples -- were all celebrating a birthday party, according to US media.

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The driver lacked the appropriate licence to operate that vehicle and the limousine last month failed a state inspection and was not supposed to be on the road, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

He said a federal government and state police investigation are ongoing, and the cause of the accident remains unclear. But the company that operated the limo has been served a cease and desist order until the investigation is concluded, Cuomo added.

"The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road," the governor said.

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Police said the 2001 Ford Excursion failed to stop at an intersection and continued into a parking lot, ultimately crashing into a parked car. It was the deadliest transport accident in the United States since a Colgan Air Flight from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo, New York crashed in February 2009, killing 49.

Saturday's tragedy unfolded outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie, a three-hour drive north of Manhattan.

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First Published : 09 Oct 2018, 08:01:53 AM