New York State Crash Involving Limousine Carrying Couples Going to Birthday Party Leaves 20 Dead
The tragedy unfolded at an intersection of state routes near Schoharie.
A crash in Upstate New York on Saturday afternoon involving a limousine carrying couples going to a birthday party has left 20 people dead, per multiple reports.
New York State Police confirmed the startling death count as details of the tragedy in Schoharie County began to trickle out on Sunday.
It is the Albany region's deadliest crash since a tour boat sunk in Lake George in 2005, killing 20.
The National Transportation Safety Board were reportedly told by local officials that the crash occurred near the intersection of state routes 30 and 30A when the "limo speeded down a hill and crashed into bystanders at the Apple Barrel Country Store," according to the Times-Union.
Reports did not initially clarify how many victims, if any, were among the limo occupants or how many were bystanders in the Apple Barrel parking lot or otherwise unrelated to the limo.
Authorities have withheld the names of the deceased as they work to track down and notify their family members.
The Apple Barrel store appeared to address the crash in a Sunday morning Facebook post.
"Yes, are open today," the post read. "And could use your hugs. Donations are be accepted for our local emergency services."
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