Officials say the driver of the limo that crashed and killed 20 in New York did not have an appropriate licence — and the vehicle itself failed an inspection last month

Lori Van Buren / Albany Times Union / AFP/ Getty ImagesDistraught family members take in the scene October 7, 2018 in Schoharie, New York, one day after an accident in Schoharie, New York, that left 20 people dead.
  • Twenty died after a modified limousine collided with a parked SUV in upstate New York on Saturday.
  • On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the driver of the vehicle “did not have the appropriate driver’s licence to be operating that vehicle.”
  • Cuomo also said the vehicle, a modified SUV, had failed an inspection last month and was not supposed to be on the road.

The driver of the modified limousine that crashed in upstate New York on Saturday “did not have the appropriate driver’s licence to be operating that vehicle,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, CNN reported.

Cuomo also said the vehicle, an SUV that had been modified to be a limousine, “was inspected by the New York State Department of Transportation last month and failed inspection and was not supposed to be on the road.”

Twenty people died after the modified limousine failed to stop at an intersection and collided with a parked SUV in Schoharie, New York, on Saturday, police said.

All 17 passengers in the vehicle died in addition to the driver. Two pedestrians also died. All of the victims were adults. The crash is considered the deadliest transportation accident in nearly a decade.

Two couples, Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan and Amy and Axel Steenburg, who were both married in June, were among those killed in the crash. As CNN reported, there were four sisters who were in the limo together: Amy Steenburg, Mary Dyson, Abby Jackson, and Allison King. The 17 passengers were reportedly headed toward a brewery for a birthday party.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help some passengers’ families with funeral expenses.

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