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Offbeat "A really bad dream": Relatives reveal details about limo crash victims

22:55  08 october  2018
22:55  08 october  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

"I have never felt this kind of pain": Families mourn victims of horrific limo crash

  "She wears his clothes all day. She's angry. She keeps asking if he's coming back from the hospital"The victims include four sisters and three of their husbands.

New York Limo Crash : What We Know About the 20 Victims . Most of the victims were interconnected: They were a close group of friends and relatives on their way to a birthday celebration at an upstate brewery.The limousine accident in Schoharie, N.Y., on Saturday took 20 lives almost

Family members of the victims say the limo was headed to a 30th birthday celebration. Around half the victims in the limo are believed to be related . Relatives told CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil the victims in the limo were a tight-knit group of family and close friends, most of them, from

A serene fall day in upstate New York became the backdrop for a nightmare when a limo carrying 18 people blew through an intersection Saturday afternoon and slammed into an empty SUV outside a packed country store in Schoharie, New York. Everyone in the limo, along with two pedestrians, died. The National Transportation Safety Board is calling it the deadliest U.S. crash in nearly a decade.

Family members of the victims say the limo was headed to a 30th birthday celebration. Around half the victims in the limo are believed to be related.

Wife of limo driver breaks her silence after deadly crash

  Wife of limo driver breaks her silence after deadly crash Kim Lisinicchia feels her husband is being wrongly blamed for the fatal crash that took 20 lives, including hisKim Lisinicchia told CBS News' DeMarco Morgan her husband, Scott, had been working part-time for Prestige Limousine for more than a year. Investigators have not said what they believe caused the crash, but Kim told us she doesn't think it had anything to do with Scott.

20 killed in crash of limo headed to birthday celebration; NTSB calls it the deadliest U.S. crash in nearly a decade . require Around half the victims in the limo are believed to be related . "Can't wrap your head around it, you just can't," said Barbara Douglas, who said four of her nieces were killed in

20 killed in crash of limo headed to birthday celebration; NTSB calls it the deadliest U.S. crash in nearly a decade . require Around half the victims in the limo are believed to be related . "Can't wrap your head around it, you just can't," said Barbara Douglas, who said four of her nieces were killed in

"Can't wrap your head around it, you just can't," said Barbara Douglas, who said four of her nieces were killed in the crash. She said they were celebrating the youngest sister, Amy Steenberg's, birthday. "They were wonderful girls. They would do anything for you and they were very close to each other and they loved their family," Douglas said. Amy Steenberg's husband, Axel, was also killed in the crash. They married in June. In Amy's last public Facebook post, she wrote, "Axel Steenburg I love you more than words can say! … Thank you for being so kind and loving." Axel's brother, Rich Steenberg, also died."It hasn't really sunk in yet. It seems like a really bad dream, I guess," their younger brother Eric Steenberg said.

"I don't know how people move forward from it," said Andrea Orokos, sister-in-law of Rich Steenberg. "There's so many people involved. There's so many that have been affected. Children involved that are going to grow up without their parents and without their father."

4 sisters, 4 other family members killed in limo crash mourned at funeral

  4 sisters, 4 other family members killed in limo crash mourned at funeral Hundreds of mourners packed an upstate church Saturday for the funeral of four sisters and four other family members who died in a limousine crash last weekend that killed a total of 20 people. The Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis assured mourners at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam that their loved ones can still see their tears, feel their heartache and want them to live in the moment. Referring to the catastrophic accident last Saturday that turned a birthday celebration into tragedy, "the question that is in the hearts of so many is why," the priest said.

The crash killed all 18 occupants of the limousine , including the driver, as well as two pedestrians, in an accident that Erin Flaherty, 26, was friends with many of the victims . “They were together multiple times a week, always hanging out New York Limo Crash : What We Know About the 20 Victims .

20 killed in crash of limo headed to birthday celebration; NTSB calls it the deadliest U.S. crash in nearly a decade . require Around half the victims in the limo are believed to be related . "Can't wrap your head around it, you just can't," said Barbara Douglas, who said four of her nieces were killed in

Relatives told CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil the victims in the limo were a tight-knit group of family and close friends, most of them, from Amsterdam, a small city near Schoharie.

"I heard this loud bang. I saw a lot of people up here at the Apple Barrel out in the parking lot. And then I heard screaming," local Bridey Finnagen said. Police say the 2001 Ford Excursion limo was traveling southwest down a hill on state Route 30. It blew a stop sign at an intersection and plowed into a parking lot outside the Apple Barrel Country Store. The limo hit two pedestrians, and slammed into an unoccupied Toyota Highlander before it careened down a slope, and came to a stop in a muddy ditch in the woods.Authorities combed through the wreckage Sunday, removing tires and personal items from the scene.

It's unclear if the limo driver, Scott Lisinicchia, tried to brake, but there are no skid marks in the road, only track marks in the grass. The owner of the country store said the intersection has been problematic in the past.

A victim's relative told the Washington Post that "some kind of bus" was supposed to take the group, but it broke down. The group then boarded the stretch limo. According to that relative, one of the victims sent a text before the crash, saying the limo "appeared in terrible condition."

What we know about the limo company and the family that runs it .
A limousine company and its owner are under scrutiny after a stretch limousine crashed in upstate New York killing 20 people. For unknown reasons, the 2001 Ford Excursion, operated by Prestige Limousine Chauffer Service, plowed through a stop sign and crashed into a parked SUV in Schoharie, New York,last Saturday. Seventeen passengers, who rented the limo for a 30th birthday party at a brewery, and two pedestrians were killed. The limo driver also died. The company's owner, Shahed Hussain, is currently in Pakistan, New York State Police said.

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