Gov: Limo That Crashed Failed State Inspection

The Latest on a limousine crash in upstate New York that killed 20 people (all times local) UPDATED   
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York had failed a state inspection and should not have been on the road.
    
He said Monday in Manhattan the vehicle had been inspected by the state’s transportation department just last month.
    
Cuomo also said the driver didn’t have the appropriate license and the stretch limo had been rebuilt in a way that violated federal law.
    
He said the company, Prestige Limousine, “has a lot to answer for.”
    
Calls to the limousine company rang unanswered Monday.
    
The crash Saturday in the town of Schoharie (skoh-HAYR’-ee) killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of a limousine, including four sisters. Relatives said the group was headed to a birthday party.
    



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One of the 20 people killed in a limo crash in upstate New York worked in the technology office of the state Senate.
    
Senate Leader John Flanagan on Monday called Patrick Cushing an “extraordinary” employee and “wonderful young man.”
    
Saturday’s crash in the town of Schoharie killed 18 occupants of the limousine and two pedestrians.
    
Suzanne Douglass said her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, also died in the crash.
    
She says he had “a golden heart” and “made you laugh so hard until you cried.”
    
Relatives said the group was in the limo for a birthday celebration.
    
A memorial gathering was planned for Monday evening in Amsterdam, New York, where some of the victims lived.
    
The group included four sisters and two brothers.
 

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