Killed When Limousine Crashes Into Crowd Outside Upstate Country Store

Emergency services descended on the scene

Image Emergency services descended on the scene in upstate New York

"She was just such a pretty girl", Semprivivo said of his stepdaughter before hanging up.

Amy Dunlop-Johnson said three members of her family - her cousins Richie and Axel Steenburg, and cousin-in-law Amy Steenburg - were in the limousine and died in the crash.

That's according to Barbara Douglas, who identified herself as the sisters' aunt at the crash scene.

The store, a popular stop for tourists viewing fall foliage in the area, posted a message on its Facebook page lamenting the "horrific accident". "You can't wrap you head around such a tragedy where you have four of your daughters die", she told reporters at the scene.

The Albany Times-Union reported that one of the vehicles was a limousine carrying people who were traveling from a nearby wedding to the reception - and that the limo came down a hill and crashed into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe.

The limousine, carrying 18 people, sped through an intersection and drove into a auto park outside an Apple Barrel Country Store, striking a vehicle and two pedestrians.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families following this horrific tragedy", Fiore said.

"That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour", Kirby said.

The NTSB tweeted Sunday that it is sending a team to investigate.

Twenty people have died in a tragic accident in NY, which is said to have involved a limousine with a wedding party on board.

Fiore said authorities couldn't answer several questions at this point, such as if the limo's occupants were wearing seat belts, whether the vehicle's brakes were working or whether the driver was speeding. Police said Sunday they were not releasing any of the victims' names, pending autopsies and notification of next of kin.

Speaking through tears, Valerie Abeling said her niece Erin Vertucci was among the victims, with her newlywed husband, Shane McGowan.

"She was a attractive, sweet soul; he was, too, they were very sweet", Abeling said. They came to the town and we objected to the way they were going to change it.

Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York, was an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam, Abeling said.

Investigators, he said, were trying to match the license plates with the victims in the limousine.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered his condolences in a statement, saying that he'd asked state agencies to help in determining what caused the crash.

A grand jury found that vehicles converted into stretch limousines often don't have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits. New York State Police, the Red Cross, and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office all arrived at the scene.

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