A crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY is a "wake-up call" for limousine safety, the chief of the federal agency investigating what happened to a stretch limo taking passengers to a surprise birthday party said on Monday.
New York State law requires seat belt their use in the front seat of a passenger vehicle and not at all in a bus, except for school buses. Everyone inside the limousine, including the driver, died in the crash, and all those killed Saturday were adults, police added.
"We understand what the governor is saying, what the DOT is saying, certainly it is in their interests to point away from any failures on behalf of the state", Kindlon said.
On Monday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, criticized Prestige for "putting a failed vehicle on the road".
Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in the area of Gansevoort.
Investigators say they want to make sure there isn't a more widespread issue with limos that have been extended.
Before the disaster, the limo was full of exuberance - 17 birthday party guests who had many reasons to celebrate. "I commend the NTSB's immediate aid on scene and am very hopeful that we will have concrete answers soon", Schumer said. "I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely hard time". In a Facebook post, the store said that it would remain open through the weekend despite the "horrific accident in front of our business".
Ms Barbara Douglas, the aunt of the sisters, said the victims were smart, attractive and lived life to the fullest. Traveling almost 60 miles per hour, he continued into the parking lot, smashing into an unoccupied parked vehicle and fatally hitting two pedestrians.
"[The riders] did the responsible thing so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere".
Valerie Abeling said her newlywed niece Erin McGowan, who died along with her husband Shane, sent a text about the state of the stretch limousine.
A close friend of the brothers' mother - Janet Steenburg of Gloversville - said she was in Mayfield Monday making funeral arrangements. "There was seven of us - five sisters and two brothers", King said.
The tragedy in upstate NY is America's worst transportation crash in nearly a decade, according to federal authorities.
"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.
"There have been tractor trailers that have come barreling down that hill and it was a miracle they didn't kill somebody", Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner told the Albany Times Union.
This comes as National Transportation Safety Board investigators are working to figure out if the limo's extensive modifications contributed to the tragedy.
Twenty people lost their lives in Schoharie when the 2001 Ford vehicle hurtled through an intersection, rammed into a parked SUV and ended up in a ravine.
The horrific limousine crash in upstate NY on Sunday tragically took the lives of multiple young couples, beloved siblings and parents to young children in what was the country's deadliest transportation accident since 2009.
"There wasn't anything they could do there", he said.
But a lawyer for the driver's family said the limo had problems. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., asked the NTSB to investigate limo accidents nationwide, but nothing changed beyond deeper investigations.
"These were young couples, just got married and had their whole lives ahead of them".