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Government shutdown complicating Schoharie limo crash investigation

January 12, 2019 09:16 AM

One day after Rep. Paul Tonko's office told NewsChannel 13 the NTSB will get to see the wreckage of the limousine involved in a crash that left 20 people dead, we track down the NTSB. They tell NewsChannel 13:

"Once an agreed upon path forward is determined, the NTSB will send two investigators for a limited time to do the targeted work permissible under the shutdown.  "

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Dolline Hatchett is the Acting Director of Safety Recommendations and Communications at the NTSB. Despite the government shutdown, she spoke to NewsChannel 13's Jill Konopka. She says their job is to investigate major accidents when safety-related issues are involved, but the shutdown is complicating things.

NewsChannel 13 asked her if furloughed employees would be recalled as part of the investigation.

"Should we gain the access to that vehicle and we are still in shutdown status, that determination would be made at that time," Hatchett replied.

Up to this point, the NTSB has not had access to the car, because both the district attorney's office and state police are still using it as part of the criminal investigation.

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