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Limo company involved in Schoharie crash failed to follow inspection rules

November 29, 2018 07:30 PM

New information in the investigation of the limo crash in Schoharie shows the limo company skirted inspection laws multiple times, the Department of Transportation saying this helped secure negligent homicide charges against Naumann Hussain. Eighteen people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed in the crash on October 6, 2018.

Hussain is the son of the limo company's owner. Prestige Limousine purchased the 2001 Ford Excursion limo back in 2016.

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Inspection records for the limo show several violations -- including issues with the braking system and emergency exits, as well as violations for operating without proof of inspection.

The Times Union reports the limo was inspected at the Wilton Truck Stop off of Exit 16 of the Northway back in July of 2016. DOT says a spot inspection by one of their own inspectors in May of this year noted the inspection sticker. DOT says the inspection should have been done according to DOT bus program standards.

DOT Spokesperson Joseph Morrissey sent NewsChannel 13 the following statement:

"The Department inspected the crash vehicle, placed the vehicle out of service, and affixed a sticker to the windshield ordering that the vehicle not be used. The owner/operator of the vehicle removed this sticker and intentionally violated the law, and as a result, one of the owners has been charged with criminally negligent homicide."

The Times Union went on to report another inspection was performed on the limo in May of this year at the Mavis Discount Tire Shop on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Mavis reportedly issued a pass and an inspection sticker, but the Times Union says limos aren't supposed to get those stickers.

NewsChannel 13 stopped by both inspection locations on Thursday. Neither company was willing to talk about their history with the limo company.

Royal Limousine, a company based in Albany, confirmed that they owned the limousine involved in the crash for 15 years prior to the sale to Prestige. The owner at Royal said at the time of the sale the limo was up to date on all inspections and in running order. He says he has been assisting the NTSB and the State Police in the investigation into the deadly crash.

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Jacquie Slater

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