NEW YORK | The limousine involved in the accident that killed 20 people last Saturday in Schoharie, New York, should never have been on the road.
“This vehicle was inspected by the New York State Transportation Department last month and failed the inspection. He was not supposed to be on the road, “State Governor Democrat Andrew Cuomo said Monday during a press briefing on the sidelines of the Columbus Day parade in New York.
In addition, the driver of the limo did not have the necessary license to drive this vehicle, added Governor Cuomo.
These new details still do not explain the cause of the accident, as investigations by the New York State Police and the US National Transportation Safety Council continued Monday. The assumptions of mechanical failure and driver error remain the most likely leads, suggested Cuomo.
Prestige Limousine, the owner of the vehicle, a Ford Excursion 2001, was ordered to cease operations while authorities complete their investigations.
On Saturday, a limousine raced down a steep hill to hit a car in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store + Cafe. This vehicle was projected on two passers-by who were killed, while the 18 occupants of the limo lost their lives in the accident.
“It’s a very tragic event. It makes you realize how precious each day is, “said Governor Cuomo, addressing his thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones.
This accident is the worst transportation disaster in the United States since a plane crash in 2009 near Buffalo, which killed 50 people.