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20 killed after limousine crashes in upstate New York, authorities...

A person with knowledge of the investigation into a crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY tells The Associated Press that 18 of the victims were in a limousine.

The horrific crash that occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday at Routes 30 and Route 30A killed all 18 people inside the limo and two others, according to state police. There is no evidence the state took any steps to do so.

The group was reportedly on their way to a birthday party for Amy Steenburg - who also died in the crash, a relative told NBC News.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go-team" to the crash site from Washington DC, which are used to investigate major accidents.

Investigators also will be looking into "human performance" - the driver's history and qualifications, conducting toxicology tests and determining whether fatigue was a factor, he said.

The crash was in Schoharie, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer".

New York State Police said they would provide more information at a news conference on Sunday.

The Gansevoort, New York-based company said it pulled its cars from the road voluntarily. "They were so happy", family friend Wendy Rowback said. Her sister and Cushing "were two peas in a pod", she said.

Federal transportation records show Prestige is owned by Shahed Hussain, who worked as an informant for the FBI after the September 11 attacks, infiltrating Muslim groups by posing as a terrorist sympathizer in at least three investigations.

Asked Monday about Hussain, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it would not confirm or deny who is or is not an informant.

On Saturday afternoon, a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine failed to stop at an intersection at the end of a highway in the town of Schoharie. The names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of next of kin. But Sumwalt said the investigation was a priority and would be thorough.

"We were told that the limousine was going down the hill over 60 miles an hour, missed the stop sign and then hit another vehicle which hit two more pedestrians", the grieving sister said.

Douglas, who said all four sisters were "wonderful", indicated everyone in the limousine were doing the "responsible thing" by taking a limo instead of driving.

"I feel like my heart is sunken". Erin's cousin, Patrick Cushing, was also killed.

"This is the most deadly transportation accident in the country since February of 2009".

Factory-built limousines must meet stringent safety regulations.

Photos from Times-Union photographer Peter R. Barber showed a white van-style stretch limousine lodged in a ditch, along with police and emergency vehicles that had converged upon the scene.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragedy at this bad time, and we hope that the investigation will reveal the cause of the accident. "We've heard accidents before".

Months later, the NTSB committed to investigating crashes involving stretch limos on a "case-by-case" basis.

After a stretch limousine was T-boned and almost torn in half on New York's Long Island in 2015 - killing four women on a winery tour - a special grand jury implored Cuomo to examine the safety of such vehicles. That grand jury called on Cuomo to assemble a task force on limousine safety. "There's just a lot of confusion, so many people died". "And that may very well be what happened here".

Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York, was an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.

Lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. "We have been asking for something to be done for years".

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