Feds fault operator, regulators in limo crash that killed 20

Limousine Crash
Posted at 3:28 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 15:29:01-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal investigators examining the 2018 crash of a stretch limousine that killed 20 people say state regulators repeatedly failed to properly oversee the poorly maintained vehicle.

National Transportation Safety Board members unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a final report on the deadliest transportation disaster in the United States in a decade. The crash killed 17 family members and friends celebrating a birthday along with the driver and two bystanders.

The NTSB found that the crash was likely caused by the operator’s “egregious disregard for safety” that resulted in brake failure on a long downhill stretch. It found that ineffective state oversight also contributed.