State police confirmed the death toll and said the crash involved two vehicles.
Federal transportation records say Prestige Limousine was owned by Shahed Hussain and was based at a motel in Gansevoort. Its owner, Shahed Hussain, was out of the country, officials told reporters.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, said state agencies should "provide every resource necessary" to investigate the crash. "I commend the NTSB's immediate aid on scene and am very hopeful that we will have concrete answers soon", Schumer said.
Hussain could not be reached for comment on Monday. Typically when SUVs are converted into limos, they are cut in half, stretched and converted. In limousines, rear passengers are not required to wear seat belts, Goelz said.
The McGowan's were a part of a party of 17 young adults who climbed into a stretch limousine 2001 Ford Excursion to celebrate their friend Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday, the paper and other media reported.
In 2004, he testified in a case stemming from a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation against two men who were charged with money laundering as part of a plot to import missiles to NY.
"She was a handsome, sweet soul; he was, too, they were very sweet", Abeling said. The intersection of Route 30 and 30A will also be evaluated.
It is unclear whether mechanical failure or driver error exactly led to Saturday's tragic crash.
Saturday's tragedy unfolded outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie, a three-hour drive north of Manhattan. That Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians standing nearby, troopers said.
The crash killed 18 people inside the limousine, including the driver, and two bystanders.
"You have 20 fatalities".
"My sister was a very strong and independent person", Karina Halse said.
The crash appeared to be the deadliest land-vehicle accident in the USA since a bus ferrying nursing home patients away from Hurricane Rita caught fire in Texas in 2005, killing 23. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Sumwalt said there was extensive damage to the front of the limo, mostly on the driver's side.
Officials say it is the deadliest crash since the 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, New York, which claimed 50 lives. "Our lives have been changed forever".
Suzanne Douglass said her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, also died in the crash. "It's a tragic loss of lovely souls".
"I don't want to describe the scene". "They're all dead. They were in there".
In a statement Monday, the limo company said it "extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday".
"Due to the severity of the crash the process is taking some time", Patnaude said.
Four sisters from the King family - Amy Steenburg, Mary Dyson, Allison King and Abby Jackson - died in the crash, the Times wrote, citing relatives.
Amy Steenburg was so in love with her new husband, Axel, she wanted the world to know.
"Can't wrap your head around it - you just can't", Douglas told the news station. They had two daughters: Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months.
Karina Halse said she's struggling with the loss of her sister, Amanda Halse, who was killed along with her boyfriend.
"If somebody's new to the area or not familiar with the area, I can see how it'd be easy to miss that you're coming down to the T-intersection and going to have to stop at the bottom of it", he said. She worked for seven years for Living Resources, a NY nonprofit that works with people who have disabilities, serving as assistant director of the organization's day community opportunities program.
Authorities didn't release names of victims or other specifics, but state police set up a hotline for family members.
Prestige Limousine has a track record of operating shoddy vehicles, the Daily Mail reported.
One of the 20 people killed in a limo crash in upstate NY worked in the technology office of the state Senate.
State Police investigators have recovered the vehicle's airbag control module, which is the equivalent of the vehicle's black box, Maj.
Sumwalt said it was early in investigators' process.
It's "just really sad - the whole damn thing", Tavenner said. But we already know how current regulations, enforcement and the design of these vehicles affect the chances of something like this happening. "Our ultimate goal is to keep things like this from happening again".