On Saturday, October 6, 20 people died in a limousine car crash in Schoharie, New York. According to officials, the limousine didn’t stop at an intersection, which caused the accident killing 20 people.
According to CNN, the 2001 Ford Excursion limo was traveling southwest on State Route 30 when it didn’t stop at an intersection. The limo then collided into a parked SUV in the Apple Barrel Country Store parking lot right before 2 P.M. on Saturday. The crash killed all 18 people in the limo, including the driver and two pedestrians standing near the SUV the limo hit.
Authorities have yet to release the names of the victims because they’re still contacting the families, but some of the already contacted members have been speaking out. The group in the limo consisted of four sisters, who were out celebrating one of the sister’s birthday. The sister, whose birthday they were celebrating, was also recently married.
The sisters’ brother Tom King said that the four of them were very close. “They were the Four Musketeers,” he told The Post. He went on to say their parents “are in shock.”
“We all are what’s left. There was seven of us – five sisters and two brothers,” he said.
The four sisters were identified as Abby Jackson, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Amy Steenburg. Their ages ranged from 30 to 35. Two of the sisters were moms, one had two kids and the other one had one child.
Valerie Abeling told CNN that her niece, Erin Vertucci and Erin’s husband Shane McGowan, were two people killed in the limo crash. The couple was recently married in June. They’re not related to the four sisters.
This crash is the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since in nine years. In February 2009 a plane crashed in Buffalo, New York killing 50 people.
The birthday crew was hopping from winery to brewery according to their relatives. Abeling’s daughter who was invited to the birthday event but didn’t go said they originally rented a party bus. But the bus broke down and was replaced with the limo.
The limo can the stop sign at more than 60 MPH according to a witness. It then veered into the parking lot, struck two pedestrians and an SUV. It finally crashed into some small trees on the side of a four-foot drainage ditch.