Crosses for each life lost now line crash site
October 09, 2018 01:07 PM
SCHOHARIE - There is now a cross for each life lost in front of the Apple Barrel in Schoharie – the site of Saturday’s deadly crash. It’s part of a memorial to honor the 20 people who lost their lives.
Meanwhile, New York State Police and the NTSB investigators are back in Schoharie.
The Apple Barrel is trying to get back to normal if they can, but that may take a long time.
In the village of Schoharie that seems to turn back the clock to a simpler time, people here wish they could turn back the clock to early Saturday – before the fatal accident that took 20 lives.
Just outside the village, federal and state investigators are back on the scene. They’re in the ditch where the modified 2001 Ford Excursion stretch limo crashed.
Eighteen people in the car and two bystanders were killed.
The NTSB team took measurements and gathered further evidence in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel.
The speed limit in front of the store is 50 miles per hour. That’s less than the speed limit on Route 30 that comes down the hill.
The last posted speed limit on Route 30 is 55 miles per hour – before you get to the bottom of the hill.
Even though tractor trailers are not allowed on Route 30, there are still those downhill signs posted along with the speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
One neighbor NewsChannel 13 spoke with – who has lived here all his life, says the posted signs are fine – if people pay attention.
Except for the slight curve, it’s a straight shot to the “T” and the fatal intersection.
Along with the memorial flowers is a sawhorse with 20 wooded crosses, plus pens. Storeowners are encouraging people to leave a message that they hope is the real lasting memory.
NewsChannel 13 has learned that when the crash happened, there was a car parked at the bottom of the hill. They saw the car come over the hill and they thought they would get hit. The limo went right around them.
Posted #speedlimit is 55mph on Route 30 before the descent and then a yellow 50mph slight curve. But it’s basically a straight shot to the “T” with 30A at the Apple Barrel. More at noon @WNYT pic.twitter.com/x4P9QwRbMN— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) October 9, 2018
There is @RedCrossENY Grief Counseling available for Public and First Responders #Schoharie.— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) October 9, 2018
Red Cross personnel specially trained in disaster mental health available to meet one on one or groups. Tues-Fri 4-6pm Office of Emergency Services 2783 State
Route 7, Cobleskill. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/fRROFQ6xzp
Down the hill on Route 30 #Schoharie is an almost straight shot. 55mph posted. Source says a car was at #stopsign bracing for impact Saturday but #limo swerved #nickoftime. They felt the wind & speed. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/uWZNyOJPuS— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) October 9, 2018
Updated: October 09, 2018 01:07 PM
Created: October 09, 2018 12:47 PM
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