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20 dead after wedding limo crashes in New York

'Horrific' limo crash in New York State claims 20 lives

Cuomo told reporters at a Columbus Day Parade that the driver of the stretch limo, who has been identified as Scott Lisinicchia, did not have a proper license and the vehicle he was driving had failed an inspection the month before and shouldn't have been on the road the day of the fatal crash that claimed the lives of 20 people in upstate New York, according to the New York Daily News.

Mr Cuomo also told a news conference that the driver did not have the appropriate licence for it.

Details are just beginning to emerge from the horrific limousine crash in upstate NY which claimed 20 lives.

Officials say the crash is the worst USA road tragedy in almost a decade.

The limo failed an inspection in September and wasn't supposed to be on the road, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. The board is now examining when and how the vehicle was converted and what caused this tragedy.

Prestige Limousine, the company that operated the vehicle, has been ordered to stop operations.

Local officials have previously said the intersection was unsafe, with the potential to cause a deadly crash.

The limousine, built from a 2001 Ford Excursion, ran a stop sign at an T-shaped intersection at the bottom of a hill and slammed into an unoccupied SUV at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, a popular stop for autumn leaf-peepers.

All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed in the accident in Schoharie, New York.

"It's tragic. disgusting. I can't even begin to even explain", Abeling said in an interview Sunday from Upstate New York, where her family was gathered.

She said some of the couples had children, who they had left at home.

Amy's three sisters were also killed in the crash.

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The Gansevoort, New York-based company said it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily.

"They were attractive girls, full of life".

"They were wonderful girls", the women's aunt, Barbara Douglas, told the news organization. This won't necessarily reveal all issues, but customers can at least get an idea about the vehicle's condition. According to NY law, any vehicle that can accommodate 10 or more passengers must offer seat belts to those in the rear - but if the passengers are over 16 years old, they don't have to wear them.

The federal agency doesn't' know the limo's speed at this point at the time of the crash, Sumwalt said.

Other victims include Robert and Mary Dyson, who were married in 2009 and have one son together.

On Monday morning, standing at the intersection where the crash happened, Karina Halse cried as she confirmed to ABC's "Good Morning America" that her sister, 26-year-old Amanda Halse, and her sister's husband, Patrick Cushing, were among those killed.

"We take it for granted", Cuomo said.

Valerie Abeling told CNN that her niece, Erin McGowan was close friends with the Steenburgs.

"We've had three tractor-trailer type vehicles - they come down that hill too fast, they go through our parking lot and they end up in a field behind our business", Kirby said. "We're just talking layers of tragedy". Officials say it's the deadliest transportation accident in the USA since 2009.

Many have speculated that the limo was modified in way to make it "stretch", which could also have caused it to lose some safety features.

Vehicles that cross state or country lines are required to be inspected every six months by the state Department of Transportation. However, a victim of the crash had texted a friend claiming, "the limo wasn't in very good condition, and sounded bad", the victim's aunt told CNN.

A grand jury - a panel formed to determine if charges were warranted - found that vehicles converted into stretch limousines often don't have safety measures including side-impact air bags, reinforced rollover protection bars and accessible emergency exits.

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