Limousine Crash

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Prosecutors say the limousine company operator charged in connection with an upstate New York crash that killed 20 people was aware of prior passenger complaints about the ill-fated vehicle and had even refunded fares.

A wooden memorial dedicated to the victims of the deadly October limousine crash in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Note: 4/6/19 11:35 a.m., this post has been updated.

It’s been six months since one of the deadliest automobile crashes in U.S. history occurred in the rural community of Schoharie, New York. Twenty people were killed after a stretch limousine came down a steep hill and crashed into a parking lot.

On Friday evening, a grand jury indicted the operator of the limousine company involved in the crash with 20 counts of criminally negligent homicide and 20 counts of manslaughter in the second degree.

As investigations continue, lawmakers and people affected by the crash are seeking safety improvements to limousines.

Congressman Paul Tonko
Congressman Paul Tonko

October’s limo crash in Schoharie is still being investigated.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Paul Tonko, a Democrat from New York’s 20th district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a number of safety reforms targeted toward limousine and other large vehicle operators.

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A criminal case is preventing federal safety officials from conducting a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York.

New York State Police Superintendent George Beach speaking Wednesday
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New York State Police say the operator of the limousine company involved in Saturday’s crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people has been arrested.

Friends, family and acquaintances across the state are mourning the 20 people who died in a limousine accident in Schoharie, N.Y. this weekend.  After police identified all the victims, grief is reaching all corners of the state.