A horrendous crash involving a stretch limousine that was in a collision with another vehicle and also hit pedestrians near an upstate NY tourist spot has killed 20 people, authorities said on Sunday.
The names of the deceased were not immediately released as state police worked through notifying their next-of-kin in the wake of the massive smash-up.
Details of the wreck were unclear, and police said they would hold a news conference later Sunday.
The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Sunday that federal investigators were en route to the crash site.
The two-vehicle crash took place at an intersection in Schoharie shortly before 2pm on Saturday.
The crash happened in Schoharie in upstate NY on Saturday shortly before 2pm.
Jessica Kirby, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the New York Times that the limousine was probably traveling over 60 miles per hour as it came over the hill, and that the store was crowded with visitors from out of town because of the long holiday weekend.
The limousine had been speeding downhill before the crash.
Emergency crews from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office, New York state police and the Red Cross arrived at the scene.
First responders were shaken up by the carnage at the scene. "I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks", Finnagen added.
A person with knowledge of the investigation into a crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY tells The Associated Press that 18 of the victims were in a limousine.
"As you may be aware, there was a horrific accident in front of our business today", the post read.
When she got out of her vehicle, she saw a body on the ground and broken tree branches everywhere, she said.