Schoharie Crash

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)
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Almost six months after the limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people, a grand jury  handed up criminal indictments in the case Friday.

A wooden memorial dedicated to the victims of the deadly October limousine crash in Schoharie
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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.

Crash-involved 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limousine at final rest in the ravine.
New York State Police

After a stretch limousine ban was dropped from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal earlier this year, some limousine and bus safety measures will likely be included in the state budget that is due April 1st.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed of The Daily Gazette about the announced closure of a second ambulance service in Fulton County, and the first defense by Prestige Limousine in a lawsuit regarding the October limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. 

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about Prestige Limousine's defense in a lawsuit regarding the October limo crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. They also discuss Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, who is threatening to sue Democrats on the City Council if they block his attempt to ask the state Legislature to eliminate a city judgeship. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he still wants a ban of some sort on certain stretch limousines in the wake of the October crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. Earlier this month, the Democrat dropped a proposed ban on stretch limos from his state budget proposal. 

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A ban on stretch limousines has been taken out of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget, but that does not mean the vehicles are not facing new and tougher mandates after the crash in Schoharie County last October that killed 20 people. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dropped his proposal to ban stretch limousines statewide, according to the Times Union. The Democrat proposed the ban earlier this year in the wake of the deadly October crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. 

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Goodwin of The Times Union about today's headlines, including the initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the October 6 limousine crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie County. They also discuss a pitch by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan for more state support for the city. 

Crash location south of intersection of NY-30 and NY-30A; the limousine’s collision with a parked SUV occurred in the parking lot, followed by collision in the ravine.
National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people. The two-page report released Monday largely confirms most known facts of the October 6 crash. 

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Federal investigators will be able to perform a hands-on inspection of a limousine that crashed in New York state and killed 20 people within the next two weeks under a court agreement.

Mike Goodwin
Mike Goodwin

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Times Union City Editor Mike Goodwin about today's headlines, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plans for new rules on limousines, in light of the Schoharie crash that killed 20 people on October 6. The pair also discuss Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse's plans to run for another term, despite complaints Morse has been violent against relatives, an ex-girlfriend, and a daughter's boyfriend. 

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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.

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.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a bipartisan pitch by lawmakers to amend the federal stretch limo law. The propsed changes follow the limo crash, which killed 20 people in Schoharie, N.Y. in October. The pair also discuss a lawsuit between two prominent housing developers in the area.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about what is believed to be the first lawsuit in the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y. The pair also discuss the legal limbo of fantasy sports companies that operate within New York.

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.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the ramifications of the Schoharie, New York limo crash.  The pair also discuss an illness that is affecting infants around the state.

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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.

Firefighters hold each other during a vigil in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

It has been one week since the limosuine crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people, shattering the quiet peace of a small community and forever changing the lives of the friends and families of those who died and the first responders who were called out to the horrific scene. As the funerals are under way, and the investigations continue, WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with an expert in grief counseling and disaster mental health about the human toll of the event.

Marcus Molinaro
Karen DeWitt

The Republican candidate for governor of New York, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, is weighing in on the Schoharie limousine crash, saying there needs to be more government oversight.

A woman whose daughter survived a limousine accident that killed four women on Long Island in 2015 says Saturday's deadly crash in rural upstate New York is a reminder that strict legislation is still needed for stretch vehicles.

Firefighters hold each other during a vigil in Schoharie
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A vigil was held in Schoharie Wednesday night for the victims of the crash that killed 20 on Saturday.

Savannah Bursese
Courtesy of Jim Kevlin, Hometwon Oneonta

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Jim Kevlin, Editor and Publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman's Journal and AllOtsego.com, about 24-year-old Savannah Bursese, who was killed in the limo crash Saturday in Schoharie.

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)
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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.

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.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about the continuing investigation into the limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y. The pair also discuss a spike in voter registration in the region.

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.

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

Many of the victims killed in Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie had close ties to Amsterdam, New York, about 25 miles away. Monday night, the city came together for a candlelight vigil and memorial service honoring the 20 people killed.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the investigation into Saturday's limo crash in Schoharie, N.Y.

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