Friends, Family Members Mourn Victims of Schoharie Crash

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At least three tractor-trailers have run through the same stop sign and into a field behind the Apple Barrel Country Store in the last decade, according to the store manager. She says all of those accidents occurred during business hours.

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. Officials, including Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., had pushed for better federal safety regulations for limousines after the crash, citing "significant gaps" in the safety standards for the vehicles - which are often modified using aftermarket parts and techniques.

The group had been celebrating the 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg, one of the victims of the accident.

Four of those killed were sisters, three of whom died with their husbands.

Like the McGowans, Steenberg and her husband, Axel Steenberg, had just gotten married in June; Axel's brother, Rich Steenberg, was also killed in the limousine crash, she said.

"They were wonderful girls", Douglas said.

Four sisters on their way to a birthday party have been identified as among the 20 fatalities from a vehicle crash in upstate NY that happened on October 6.

Newlyweds Shane McGowan and Erin Vertucci McGowan were also killed, according to their aunt, Valerie Abeling.

"My family is just going through a lot", Abeling said.

The auto had been on its way to a birthday party at the time of the incident, and many of those on board were all members of the same family.

"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 post said.

Officials say Saturday's crash in Schoharie (sko-HAYR'-ee) was the deadliest transportation accident in the USA since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people.

A weekend crash in upstate NY that killed 20 people, including 18 in a limousine headed to a birthday party, was the deadliest transportation-related accident in almost a decade, authorities said. Two bystanders also were killed.

Police said that, of the 20 victims, 18 had been inside the limousine.

Tavenner said the New York Department of Transportation outlawed heavy trucks on the hill in recent years because of instances when runaway trucks lost their ability to brake down the steep grade.

A witness says a crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY "sounded like an explosion".

"It's tragic. awful. I can't even begin to even explain", Abeling said in an interview Sunday from Upstate New York, where her family was gathered.

She says she got out and saw a body on the ground by her vehicle, and broken tree branches everywhere. The Associated Press reported that the limousine passengers were on their way to a birthday party. The person was not authorized to discuss the preliminary information publicly and spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity. State police confirmed Sunday that the death toll was 20 and said the crash involved two vehicles. That's about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he had directed state agencies "to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy".

The limousine was carrying a wedding party when it collided with another vehicle outside the Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie (skoh-HAY'-ree), NY, on Saturday afternoon, according to local reports.

The store is a popular spot for autumn leaf-peepers.

At this time, the identities of the victims are not being released pending autopsy results from Albany Medical Center and family notifications.

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