20 People Die in Upstate New York Limousine Crash

Twenty people were killed when a limousine and another vehicle crashed in an upstate New York area popular with tourists during the fall foliage season, State Police said Sunday.

Eighteen of the victims were in the limousine and the other two were bystanders, the Associated Press reported, citing preliminary information from sources close to the investigation.

The wreck took place Saturday in Schoharie, a town of 3,300 people about 160 miles north of New York City. Immediately after the crash police had said only that there were “multiple fatalities.”

On Sunday, police revealed the death total but said names of the victims would not be released until family members were notified.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending investigators to the site, next to the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe. The store posted condolences on Facebook and said it would be open Sunday.

Details of the wreck were unclear, and police said they would hold a news conference later Sunday. The Albany Times Union said the limo speeded down a hill and crashed into bystanders outside the store.

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Source: USA Today