Sen. Charles Schumer says the National Transportation Safety Board has agreed to investigate some limousine accidents, something it has rarely done in the past.
The announcement follows this summer's fatal crash in Long Island wine country, when a pickup truck smashed into a limousine, killing four women.
NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss says the federal agency will investigate limousine crashes on a case-by-case basis. He noted the agency recently issued a report on the 2014 crash in New Jersey that injured comedian Tracy Morgan.
Schumer says some limousines are taken to body shops and stretched - creating possible safety hazards.
Eight friends were in a limousine last July when it was slammed by a pickup truck while making a U-turn in Cutchogue. The NTSB is not currently investigating that crash.
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