Schoharie Limousine Crash
October 6, 2018 | Schoharie, New York, USA

 

It was requested that I look into the unfortunate case of 20 deaths that occurred in Schoharie, New York on October 6, 2018. A stretch limousine carrying 17 passengers crashed into another vehicle and then ended up in a ravine. All 17 passengers, the limo driver, and 2 pedestrians in a nearby parking lot were killed in the crash.

At first glance, I thought “surely not.” How did so many people fit into one limo? How did it crash? How were pedestrians in a nearby parking lot killed?

According to the NTSB investigation report, the limo was poorly maintained. The brakes appear to have given out, but not because a brake line was cut. The brake lines were just old. A huge limo with no brakes at a higher-than-average speed resulted in multiple deaths. I think this case is as it appears on its face, but more research is required.

Comments are open in case you want to add to the data available.

The NTSB report adopted on September 13, 2019 is available below for review.

 

NTSB Report | Adopted: September 13, 2019 (15 Pages)

2019-09-13-NTSB-Report_SchoharieNY