20 dead after limo crashes in upstate New York

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Twenty people are dead following a limousine crash in upstate New York over the weekend.

What started out as a 30th birthday celebration turned into a day of mourning. and now this crash is being called the nation’s deadliest transportation accident in nearly 10 years.

According to the Associated Press, the crash also appears to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident since a bus in Texas caught fire and killed 23 people in 2005.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday, in Schoharie, New York

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Authorities say a Ford Excursion limo packed with passengers for a birthday party first drove through a stop sign before it sped down a hill and collided with a parked car.

The Associated Press reported 18 of the victims were passengers in the limo and the two other victims were pedestrians.

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board has started an investigation to determine the cause of this crash.

An aunt of four victims said the passengers were doing the responsible thing by getting a limo and not driving.

The intersection, known for accidents, was redone in 2008 after a previous fatal accident. 

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