Limo crash kills 20 people in NY

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The couple had rented the limousine to celebrate Amy's 30th birthday with 16 of their friends and family members. Most of the victims were from the Amsterdam, New York, area, according to a tweet from a state assemblyman. In New York, seatbelts are only required for the limo driver and front-seat passenger, he said. And the driver wasn't properly licensed.

Romantic partners Amanda Halse and Patrick Cushing are being mourned by the siblings they left behind. Before Amanda Halse received her sister's reply, she died in the crash. Karina Halse called her the peacekeeper in the family. Now, Karina is mourning the death of the big sister she remembers as a "charismatic" artist.

It's "just really sad - the whole damn thing", Tavenner said. "It was a nice sendoff, I guess, because that would be the last time I would ever see her in person".

The couple were killed in a limousine crash on Saturday.

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, Scho-Wright Ambulance, Central Bridge Ambulance, Esperance Ambulance, Middleburgh Ambulance, Duanesburgh Ambulance, Richmondville Ambulance, AMR Ambulance, Schoharie County Medic Lifenet, American Red Cross, DEC Spill Response Unit, Schoharie County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, New York State Department of Transportation Mutual Aid, Burtonsville Fire Department for stand in at Esperance Fire Station, Delanson Fire Department for stand in at Esperance Fire Station.

Cushing's brother, Justin Cushing, described him in an interview with CNN as kind and empathetic.

"He had such empathy and kindness". "He loved, hugged, and cried with his friends and family like their problems were his, and celebrated with those same family and friends like our successes were his personal goals", he said. "They were wonderful girls". "He made their life very joyful with his very sweet disposition".

Amy Steenburg was also a newlywed.

Officials urged anyone with information on the lead-up to the crash to come forward, including text messages or social media posts that could she further light on the tragedy. She and her three sisters - Mary Dyson, Allison King and Abby Jackson - and her husband Axel Steenburg and his brother, Rich Steenburg, all died, relatives told The New York Times.

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"You are such an fantastic man and entertain all my insane ideas", she wrote. His wife, Kim, posted on Facebook that "it hurts me to a core to have to bury my husband".

The sisters-Amy Steenburg, Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson and Allison King-had all been riding in the same stretch limo on their way to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday at an Cooperstown, New York brewery, along with three of the sisters' husbands Axel Steenburg, Adam Jackson and Rob Dyson.

"It's tragic. terrible. I can't even begin to even explain", Abeling said in an interview Sunday from Upstate New York, where her family was gathered.

'I saw a lot of people here at the Apple Barrel out in the parking lot.

He worked for the technology group of the New York Senate. The gym held a special workout in her honor on Monday. Both were killed. She was an administrative assistant at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.

Suzanne Douglass told The Associated Press that her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, N.Y., had a "golden heart".

Those who knew the sisters describe all four as being very close.

When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere, she said.