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Twenty killed in Schoharie limo crash

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WTEN-TV) - The New York State Police confirmed that there are 20 fatalities after a deadly crash involving a limousine in Schoharie Saturday afternoon.

An AP source says 18 of the victims were in the limo and two were bystanders. 

The crash took place at the intersection of Routes 30 and 30-A in the town of Schoharie shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

“What we can tell you at this point is that it is a 2-vehicle, multi fatalities as a result of this crash," Captain Richard O’Brien of the New York State Police said.

“I heard a loud bang I came out my front door to see what was going on,” Finnagen said.

Bridey Finnagen lives just down the road from where the scene of the crash.

“I saw a lot of people here at the Apple Barrel out in the parking lot.  Then I heard screaming. Then I saw this large van, a very unusual looking vehicle out here in Schoharie in the bushes and really wrecked, hit a tree,” Finnagen said.

Multiple emergency crews arrived at the scene including the American Red Cross, members of the Schoharie County Sheriff’s office and the New York State police.

“The first responders broke some windows to try to get people out. I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks,” Finnagen said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

“We have several Units here investigating the details from the New York State police including our reconstruction unit.  We have used our drone this evening and our facial identification unit as well,” Captain O’Brien said.

Portions of Routes 30 and 30-A are closed.


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