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07 October 2018
UPDATE: 20 people killed in motor vehicle crash in town of Schoharie
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On October 6, 2018, at approximately 1:55 pm, New York State Police and the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30-A in the town of Schoharie.
The investigation at the scene revealed that a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine was traveling in a southwestern direction on State Route 30 and failed to stop at the intersection with State Route 30A.
The limousine traveled across the intersection into a parking lot and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander which was unoccupied and parked.
That Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians standing nearby.
In total, 20 victims were killed, all adults
18 of the victims were in the limousine, including the driver, and the two pedestrians.
At this time, the identities of the victims are not being released pending autopsy results and family notifications.
The State Police have set up a dedicated phone line to assist the family members of the victims in the crash. We encourage family members to call 1-877-672-4911 and speak with a member of the State Police.
Along with Troop G uniform and BCI members, the Troop G Collision Reconstruction Unit and Forensic Investigation Unit and the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services the following agencies responded to the scene:
Schoharie Fire Department
Central Bridge Fire Department
Esperance Fire Department
Schoharie County Fire Coordinators
Schoharie County Haz-Mat Team
Central Bridge Ambulance
Schoharie County Medic
American Red Cross
DEC Spill Response Unit
Schoharie County Sheriff's Department
New York State Police
New York State Department of Transportation
Burtonsville Fire Department for stand in at Esperance Fire Station
Delanson Fire Department for stand in at Esperance Fire Station
The National Transportation Safety Board was also notified and has launched a team to Schoharie to also investigate the crash.
The scene has been cleared at this time – and the victims were transported to Albany Medical Center where autopsies will be conducted.
The State Police investigation continues– with interviews, evidence processing and collision reconstruction ongoing.
In addition, Governor Cuomo has directed all State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call 518-630-1708.
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