NTSB to review what they call 'black box' of limousine
October 08, 2018 08:06 PM
The NTSB says what they have been able to determine is that there was high-energy impact of the limousine. When pressed as to whether or not that meant excessive speed, they would not confirm that.
However, they did indicate there was no presence of skidmarks leading up to the crash site.
NTSB also indicated they are looking forward to reviewing what they call the "black box" of this limousine. It's an airbag module. That has been recovered. It should be very telling.
State police confirm what Gov. Cuomo said earlier in the day -- the limo driver did not have the proper license to operate a vehicle like the one that crashed.
"In New York State, a limo with 15 or more seats available – excluding the driver, falls under the definition of a bus and requires a passenger endorsement, a "P" endorsement. The operator of this limo involved in this crash required a "P" endorsement, which he did not have," explained Maj. Robert Patnaude with New York State Police.
Police say the owner of Prestige Limousine of Wilton, Shahed Hussain, is not in the country at this time. They did not get specific as to his location, but they say he is willing to cooperate with his investigation.
He was formerly known to the FBI, cooperating with an investigation done years ago in Albany.
There are expected to be lane closures in Schoharie on Schoharie Tuesday, so investigators can put drones in the air as they continue their investigation.
One heartbreaking fact, the people in the limo had initially reached out to a completely different company so they could take a bus. Then, they found out for whatever reason they had to go with another transportation provider. That's when they booked the limo.
In addition to the people in the limo, two people outside were killed. A TV station in Harrisburg is reporting Brian Hough was killed in Saturday's crash when he was hit by the limo.
According to a Facebook post by his aunt, Hough and his father-in-law were the two victims killed. Hough was a professor at SUNY Oswego.
Prestige Limousine of Wilton released the following statement:
"Prestige Limousine extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday. We are performing a detailed internal investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the steps we can take in order to prevent future accidents. We have voluntarily taken our fleet of vehicles off of the road during the investigation. We have already met with State and Federal investigators, and plan to do so again, as it is our goal to provide answers as quickly as possible."
Updated: October 08, 2018 08:06 PM
Created: October 08, 2018 05:30 PM
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