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Documents detail what first responders found at limo crash site

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 23, 2019 12:14 PM
Created: October 22, 2019 11:02 AM

New documents were released Monday in connection to the Schoharie limousine crash that left 20 people dead. Some of them included chilling information from first responders who arrived on scene.

Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery sent the documents to attorney Lee Kindlon, who is representing Nauman Hussain, the operator of the company that owned the limo involved in the crash.

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Along with those first responder interviews, there are pictures of the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine before and after the crash, details on when it was modified, and when it had inspections.

The documents say on Oct. 10, 2018, a National Transportation Board Safety Board investigator interviewed emergency responders. They interviewed the fire chief of the Schohaire Volunteer Fire Department, the Schoharie County 911 call center dispatch supervisor, and the director of Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services.

The 911 call first came in as a two-car collision. A Central Bridge Fire Department engine was first to arrive on scene. The assistant chief and firefighter then elevated the response and called for more people.

Reports say two women involved in the crash were the only ones transported to hospitals but were pronounced dead there.

When asked about evidence of seat belt use for any occupants, first responders said they believed the driver was belted but it was too difficult to determine if any passengers were.

Other documents show the limo was altered before it was purchased by Prestige Limousine and was owned by 21st Century Coachworks.

The report also states federal motor vehicle safety standards were reviewed and found the limo was exempt from most requirements and that safety equipment, such as use of seat belts installed in vehicles like the 2001 Ford Excursion, is voluntary except for the driver.

But it found the limo, a modified vehicle, did not have a VIN plate identifying it as such as it should have.

Hussain is facing charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. He is set to go to trial in March.


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