New York limo company operator taken into custody

New York limo company operator taken into custody
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The operator of a New York state limousine company has been taken into custody by police four days after 20 people died in a crash involving one of the company's limos.

New York State Police said they took Nauman Hussain into custody on Wednesday after a controlled traffic stop on an interstate in New York, with charges pending.

Hussain is the son of Shahed Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limousine.

Nauman Hussain's attorney, Lee Kindlon, told Spectrum News that he expects his client will be charged with criminally negligent homicide.


He was taken into custody after a limousine operated by Prestige Limousine failed to stop at an intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., about 40 miles west of Albany on Saturday. It then slammed into a parked vehicle and struck two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were killed, as were all 18 people inside the limousine.

The crash was the deadliest transportation-related accident in the United States in nearly 10 years, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Authorities, who have been investigating the accident as a criminal incident, have said that the limo should not have been on the road because it failed inspection last month with the state Department of Transportation. 

Additionally, the driver of the vehicle didn't have the proper license to operate the limo, according to authorities.