NTSB: Limo crash ‘deadliest transportation-related accident’ in US since 2009

NTSB: Limo crash ‘deadliest transportation-related accident’ in US since 2009
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Sunday said the limo crash over the weekend in New York state was the "deadliest transportation-related accident" in the U.S. since 2009.

Twenty people died on Saturday after a limousine crashed into another vehicle and pedestrians near Albany, N.Y., according to local authorities.


All 18 people in the limo died and two bystanders were killed, State Police First Deputy Superintendent Christopher Fiore said on Sunday, according to local NBC affiliate WNYT

The limo was carrying a wedding party, according to the Albany Times Union.

The NTSB is currently investigating the incident, WNYT reported. The NTSB is the government agency tasked with investigating transportation accidents. 

"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time," NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said, according to the outlet. 

He said the limo crash is the the deadliest transportation incident since 2009, when an airplane crash in Buffalo, N.Y. killed 50 people. 

Authorities on Sunday said the limousine failed to stop at an intersection and drove into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel store and cafe. It crashed into a parked car and spun out of control, according to WNYT. 

“My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said in a statement. “I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help. State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.”