‘Horrific’ limo crash kills 20 in upstate New York

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — From the curbside of Route 30, at the base of a long, sweeping hill, a path of mud, rocks and scattered glass tells the story of a tragic limo crash where 20 people lost their lives on Saturday.

Its path leads through the grass beside Apple Barrel Café, through the tall brush that now lies flat and plummeting into a shallow ditch where a large tree trunk is split in half.

Dark clouds hovered over the scene Sunday afternoon, quiet save for the gentle stream running through the ditch. A swarm of news teams and television cameras were rolling, all pointed toward this tight corner where so many lives were lost.

Since the crash, friends of the victims, neighbors who heard the sirens and members of the community have stopped by to pay their respects. A few have left bouquets of flowers wrapped in colored cellophane at the edge of the ditch, others make the sign of the cross and say a prayer.

On the largest potted plant, an arrangement of small white flowers in the center is written, “May God Bless Them All.”

State Police spokesman Christopher Fiore said the limousine failed to stop at the intersection in the town of Schoharie and slammed into a parked, unoccupied SUV. Eighteen people in the limousine, including the driver, and two pedestrians were killed in the crash, he said.

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