Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y.
But media reports and interviews detailed the devastation.
All 18 passengers inside the limousine, as well as the two pedestrians, were killed in the crash, making it the deadliest transportation-related accident in the USA since 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Twenty people have died in a tragic accident in NY, which is said to have involved a limousine with a wedding party on board.
Police say Prestige Limousine has been "under scrutiny" by the state Department of Transportation in the past, and that they are still analyzing the air bag system and whether the limo, a 2001 Ford Excursion, was mechanically sound. The travel provider then sent a stretch limousine to take the group the rest of the way.
Jessica Kirby is managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) NY.
The manager of a store in upstate NY says the nearby intersection where a limo crashed, killing 20 people over the weekend, has always been unsafe.
Autopsies were being performed on the dead but authorities didn't say whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts, nor did they give any indication as to the speed of the vehicle.
The driver was also killed in the crash, they said, adding that the victims would not be officially named until families had been informed. "It's a awful tragedy and there's no words to describe how we feel".
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The wreck killed two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limousine, including four sisters who were headed with friends and relatives to a brewery for a party.
"Erin and Shane honestly are both just the life of the room, very up people positive outgoing very involved and very caring about what was going on in other people lives", Erin's cousin, Tyler DeLuca, told WSTM-TV. Two of the couples were newlyweds.
"They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't have to drive anywhere", their aunt, Barbara Douglas, said Sunday. She says all four sisters were killed.
Authorities have not released all of the victims' names, but the close-knit group included newlyweds, artists, athletes and young parents. Police said Sunday that they were not releasing any of the victims' names, pending autopsies and notification of next of kin. They declined to provide any details about what might have caused the crash.
"This is one of the biggest losses of life that we've seen in a long, long time", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.
"Sometimes, people just don't follow the law" that already exists, he said.
The accident also raises new questions about limousine safety.
Those who knew the sisters describe all four as being very close. Investigators have not yet said whether any of the victims were wearing seat belts.
After the Long Island crash, Sen.
Cuomo suggested Prestige Limousine would face liability as a result, though he added the investigations - parallel efforts are being conducted by the federal NTSB and another by the State Police - are yet to conclude. I commend the first responders who arrived on the scene and worked through the night to help ...
After Comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a truck-limo van crash in New Jersey in 2014, the NTSB recommended the limousine industry encourage seat belt use in stretch limos, among other suggestions.