Twenty people have been confirmed killed by state police after a speeding limousine crashed into pedestrians near a crowded tourist spot in upstate NY.
An SUV-style stretch limousine sped down a hill, crashing into pedestrians outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, the Albany Times Union newspaper said, citing police. "That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour".
The country store is a popular stop for tourists on fall foliage trips and the lot was busy at the time, eye-witnesses told the New York Times, especially as it was a Saturday on a holiday weekend, before Columbus Day on Monday.
"At this time the identities of the victims are not being released pending the autopsy results and notification of the family members", said Fiore.
The New York-based news service added that the limousine was carrying a wedding party before the deadly crash. A few have left bouquets of flowers wrapped in colored cellophane at the edge of the ditch, others make the sign of the cross and say a prayer.
Erin McGowan's aunt Valerie Abeling confirmed that her 34-year-old niece and her new husband, Shane McGowan, 30, were among the 20 people killed. We are so thankful for all of you. "They'd do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family".
"They had everything going for them".
It was the deadliest crash in the United States since the February 12, 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo, which took the lives of 49 people.
She said her own daughter had been invited along but couldn't go.
"I heard some screaming".
National Transport Safety Board investigators made their way to scene of the collision on Sunday. She added that one of the vehicles appeared to be a limousine.
Questions arose about the safety standards governing stretch limousines after four women touring wineries in Long Island were killed when a limo was struck from the side by a pickup driver in 2015.
"A lot of people from New York City come up and they do the country things, the apple picking and the sort", she said.
First responders were shaken up by the carnage at the scene.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement that state police are working with federal and local authorities investigating the crash.