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Senator Charles Schumer and Rep. Paul Tonko speak with a family member of a victim of the Schoharie limo tragedy
Michael Apollo / WAMC

The National Transportation Safety Board has finalized its report on the limousine crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people two years ago, but a package of federal limousine safety reforms remains stalled in Congress. 

Kevin Cushing speaks surrounded by other family members of Schoharie crash victims
Michael Apollo / WAMC

Sunday marks the anniversary of last year’s limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Federal lawmakers including the Senate Minority Leader announced a new package of bills aimed at improving limo safety on Thursday in Amsterdam. At the same time, New York state lawmakers are calling for more action just before the anniversary of last year’s deadly crash in Schoharie.

National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board has released new recommendations as it continues to investigate the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

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.

Those gathered at the Amsterdam vigil heard words of scripture from the Reverend Kent McHeard.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It was a stunning tragedy with ripple effects across the Capital Region: the death of 20 people in a limo crash in Schoharie in October. It may be the biggest area news story of the year.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about an Albany Bishop who has outlawed same-sex marriage in the Episcopal churches he oversees. The pair also discuss commercial vehicle inspections, and the state's failure to follow up on repairs, in the wake of the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

Nauman Hussain, operator of Prestige Limousine, arraigned at Cobleskill Town Court, charged in connection to the accident where 20 people were killed  in Schoharie (file photo)
Patrick Dodson for WAMC

Nauman Hussain pleaded not guilty Wednesday night to criminally negligent homicide in Saturday’s Schoharie limousine crash that killed 20 people. He was released on $150,000 bond.