There has been some horrible news that has come in from over the weekend. 20 people have died after a tragic accident that occurred in upstate New York.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep everyone's family and friends in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. Many people have expressed their condolences to the family over multiple social media platforms.
On Saturday, October 6, police say that 20 people were traveling inside a limousine when it failed to stop at an intersection and slammed into an SUV in Schoharie, New York, which is about 25 miles west of Albany, according to "MSN."
At about 2 p.m., the limousine, which was a 2001 Ford Excursion, crashed into an SUV at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A going at about 50 m.p.h. The limo struck an unoccupied Toyota Highlander that was in a local country store's parking lot, which hit and killed two bystanders.
During a press conference on Sunday, authorities said that all 20 victims were adults. 18 of those who were killed were in the limousine, and the other two were bystanders.
According to "New Times," the company who provided the limousine had "repeatedly failed motor vehicle inspections, according to federal transportation records."
A friend said that she received a text from one of the victims, Eric McGowan, just before the crash stating that a party bus that was supposed to pick them up had broken down on their way there. The group then decided to get a limousine, which was in terrible shape, according to McGowan. She even used a profanity to describe the condition of the limo.
After some investigation, "New York Times" discovered that the company they rented the limo from was at "Prestige Limousine." The small company had multiple failed inspections according to the federal transportation records. However, the documents did not indicate the reason for the failing grades.
"Everyone inside the limousine was killed," said First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police Christopher Fiore.
Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that the accident was "the most deadly transportation accident in this country since February 2009," which was a plane that crashed into a home outside of Buffalo, New York, killed 49 people.
As of Monday, the identity of the driver has still not been officially released. Authorities are still investigating as to what caused the limo or the driver to crash into another vehicle.
According to the latest report, the group inside the limo was traveling between wineries in the area, according to "MSN." Initial reports believed it was a wedding party.
Authorities believe that the investigation may take up to five days. Will you join us in praying for the everyone involved?