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NTSB, Schoharie County DA Reach Agreement On Limo Investigation

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The National Transportation Safety Board has made progress toward an agreement with the Schoharie County District Attorney’s office regarding the ongoing investigation into the October limousine crash that killed 20.

New York Congressman Paul Tonko’s office announced Thursday that the NTSB and Schoharie County DA’s office are discussing an agreement, which may the NTSB recalling an employee currently furloughed during the federal shutdown to review safety issues related to the incident.

Agreement terms may also include the NTSB constructing a small structure to house the limousine involved in the fatal crash during the investigation. The federal agency said it has not been able to access the limo while local authorities pursue a criminal investigation of the crash. Nauman Hussain, who authorities have identified as the operator of Prestige Limousine, was charged with criminally negligent homicide days after the Oct. 6 crash. He has pleaded not guilty. Hussian's father owns the company. 

Tonko told WAMC this week he wants limousine safety addressed in Congress.

“Certainly how vehicles can remain in working order when they’re not functioning up to par, up to a certain level of standards, is a very strong concern I want to have addressed through policy,” said Tonko.

The Democrat said he was “encouraged" by the agreement between NTSB and local officials but added he remains “troubled” over the government shutdown he blames on President Trump.

Lucas Willard is a news reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011. He produces and hosts The Best of Our Knowledge and WAMC Listening Party.
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