Jessica Kirby, the managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Café, said there have been "more accidents that I can count" at the T-junction of Route 30 and state Route 30A.
Well, even after that crash, the state of NY didn't do a whole lot. Sen. Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo died.
The scrutiny is prompted by a tragic crash in NY - a limousine loaded with revelers bound for a 30th birthday celebration blew through a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians.
Twelve people were killed in limo crashes in that span, 2012 through 2016. Schoharie Town Supervisor Alan Tavenner said Sunday the New York Department of Transportation had in recent years outlawed heavy trucks on the hill because of instances where runaway trucks lost their ability to apply the brakes down the steep grade. He said the limo was carrying out-of-towners during a busy tourist weekend, Stone Fort Days. "More accidents than I can count".
It was unclear how many other people, if any, were injured.
Police said that a phone line had been set up to help assist relatives of the victims.
Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin Vertucci, said her 34-year-old niece and her niece's new husband, 30-year-old Shane McGowan, were victims.
The families of McGowen and her husband Shane McGowan, who were both in the limo Saturday, are also still grabbling with the news that the couple, who had just gotten married in June, is now gone. "I can't even imagine how it happened, or why it happened".
"She will be cheering us on and laughing at some of us!" organizers wrote in a post on the gym's Facebook page. "Our lives have been changed forever".
Abby Jackson, was a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, according to the Times Union.
That friend, her husband, and three of her sisters, all of whom were accompanied by spouses, were among those killed in the crash, Abeling said.
Officials had not released the victims' names as of early on Monday, but some of the names and details were disclosed in media accounts from relatives and Go Fund Me pages.
The limousine then slammed into a parked, unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander.
Twenty minutes later, all passengers on board the limo were dead. "They were so happy", family friend Wendy Rowback said. "It's a tragic loss of attractive souls".
The store manager, Jessica Kirby, told The New York Times the limousine was coming down a hill at "probably over 60 miles per hour".
Saturday's tragedy unfolded outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie, a three-hour drive north of Manhattan.
Fiore said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families following this horrific tragedy". "We will not be discussing the events of today any further".
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the limo that had been involved in the crash had previously failed an inspection and shouldn't have been on the road, according to ABC News. ". I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely hard time".
Cuomo also said the driver didn't have the appropriate license and the stretch limo had been rebuilt in a way that violated federal law. "It's clear that they don't have the same safety design standards as those same vehicles had before they're stretched or modified". We do know that there have been other crashes at this intersection, so we want to see: "Were there factors in the roadway itself that could have led to the conditions of this crash?"
It's "just really sad - the whole damn thing", Tavenner said.
Amanda, 26, a waitress at a retirement community, was "a very strong and independent person" who didn't like people to do things for her, according to her sister. Douglas said they had several children between them. "It doesn't sound like anybody survived in that limo".