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Feds to examine limo 3 months after wreck that killed 20

January 11, 2019 02:37 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal investigators say they may recall employees furloughed under the government shutdown to start examining a limousine that crashed in upstate New York three months ago, killing 20 people.
    
The NTSB released this statement to NewsChannel 13:

The Schoharie County Court recently verified for the NTSB that the agency was within its statutory authority to gain access to the limousine involved in the Schoharie accident to conduct its safety investigations. As a result, the NTSB, Schoharie District Attorney's Office, New York State Police, and the Defense Counsel still need to work out the particulars of how the agency will access the vehicle and complete its work. The NTSB has reached out to all of the parties involved to begin these discussions, and once an agreed upon path forward is determined, the NTSB is ready to send several investigators to complete the critical work of this investigation.

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On Dec. 14, the NTSB sent a letter to District Attorney Susan Mallery saying "safety-critical evidence" has been lost because of its inability to inspect the vehicle.
    
The NTSB said it's having a structure built to house the vehicle at State Police headquarters near Albany. The limo operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

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