Killed When Limousine Crashes Into Crowd Outside Upstate Country Store

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Since the crash, friends of the victims, neighbors who heard the sirens and members of the community have stopped by to pay their respects.

The limo then traveled across the intersection into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Stroke and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander which was unoccupied and parked. Everyone inside the limousine, including the driver, died in the crash, and all those killed Saturday were adults, police added. Another young couple, Erin and Shane McGowan, who were just married in June, also died, along with brothers Rich and Axel Steenburg and Axel's wife, Amy, who also got married this summer, according to DailyMail.

There were just 12 crashes involving large limos in the five years for which the agency has released statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The aunt of one of the victims said the vehicle was carrying newlyweds and was on its way to a birthday celebration.

An SUV-style stretch limousine sped down a hill, crashing into pedestrians outside the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, the Albany Times Union said, citing police.

Fiore said authorities couldn't answer several questions at this point, such as if the limo's occupants were wearing seat belts, whether the vehicle's brakes were working or whether the driver was speeding.

The crash 'sounded like an explosion, ' said Linda Riley, of nearby Schenectady, who was on a shopping trip with her sisters.

"All fatal", she said in a phone interview.

The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family, state police said.

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Kirby told The New York Times the limo was coming down a hill "probably over 60 miles per hour". Everyone in the vehicle had also recently attended Amy and Axel's wedding.

Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30, were among the 20 people killed near Albany on Saturday, their family said, in what officials are calling the country's deadliest transportation accident in almost a decade.

Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the crash had caused "unspeakable sorrow". That friend "and her three sisters and their spouses were all killed, Abeling said".

Ms Abeling said her daughter had been invited to join the group but didn't go. They came to the town and we objected to the way they were going to change it. In a Facebook post, the store said it would remain open through the weekend despite the "horrific accident in front of our business".

It is unclear how many other people, if any, were injured. She rushed out and immediately called 911.

The victims were taken to Albany Medical Center where autopsies were conducted.

They added, "Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected by the events of today".

The store asked for people to "come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us".