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State Police and NTSB provide update in Schoharie

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New York State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are providing an update in the fatal crash that killed 20 people in Schoharie over the weekend. 

Twenty people were killed in a horrific car crash at the intersection of Routes 30 and 30-A in the town of Schoharie Saturday. 

New York State Police say the investigation is ongoing, and they are inspecting all vehicles involved in the crash. They plan to perform a mechanical examination of the limo to see if it was mechanically sound.

Earlier Monday, Governor Cuomo said that the limousine was inspected by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles last month and failed its inspection. Cuomo says the limo should not have been on the road.

Police said they are still collecting data from the scene and interviewing witnesses. They are asking anybody with information to reach out to police. 

According to police, the limousine company is Prestige Limo in Saratoga. Police say they have been under scrutiny from the Department of Transportation in the past. The company has had three vehicles seized, in addition to the limo that crashed Saturday. 

It was also revealed on Monday that the driver of the limousine involved did not have the appropriate license to be driving the vehicle. 

Police have yet to release names of any victims, as they continue to positively identify victims and notify families. Two of the people who were killed in the crash were bystanders, according to New York State Police.

One of the two pedestrians killed in the limo crash was a SUNY Oswego geology teacher, Brian Hough. Hough first started as a visiting professor at SUNY Oswego in 2016 before becoming a full time assistant professor in the geology department. Hough earned his PhD from the University of Rochester and was a former Geology instructor there. 

The state is currently seeking a cease and desist order to stop limo operator Prestige Limo from operating until the investigation into the accident has been completed.

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