NTSB: Limo company operator, state agencies to blame in 2018 Schoharie crash

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 29, 2020 08:52 PM
Created: September 29, 2020 09:51 AM

After nearly two years of work, the National Transportation Safety Board concludes that the probable cause of the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie County in which 20 people died was Prestige Limousine’s “egregious disregard for safety.”

The members of the board carefully laid out their findings Tuesday morning.

The NTSB was pointing fingers in many directions. They say there were plenty of people to blame for the limousine tragedy in 2018 that claimed 20 lives, but they conclude people most responsible are the ones who were operated Prestige Limousine.

Leading up to the crash on October 6, 2018, the NTSB concluded that Prestige Limousine was engaged in "callous irresponsibility."

That the company was operating a vehicle that had recently been placed out of service for safety deficiencies.

That they were exploiting the inefficiency of New York State DOT regulation and enforcement.

Beyond that, they say the driver of the limousine did not accurately report his medical history and that he was operating the modified stretch limo that fateful day under the influence marijuana.

Hear some of what was discussed by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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