Limousine company owner asked to not operate vehicle after it fails inspection

Posted at 2:25 AM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 02:25:57-04

A state transportation official says the owner of the limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York was warned not to operate the vehicle after it failed an inspection.

Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Morrissey says Tuesday that the 2001 Ford Excursion that crashed Saturday was placed out of service after a September inspection and was subject to additional inspections.

Lee Kindlon, attorney for Prestige Limousine, says code violations cited in a Sept. 4 inspection had been corrected and the limousine cleared for service. Morrissey says that's "categorically false."

The limousine ran a stop sign and crashed on a rural road 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Albany on Saturday, killing the driver, all 17 passengers and two pedestrians.

State police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash.


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