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The limousine accident that killed 20 people in an upstate New York town in October was over in a few terrible moments: The packed, speeding vehicle flew through an intersection, slammed into a parked car and immediately smashed into a shallow gully.
But the search for answers is taking far longer, as local and federal authorities have found themselves in a standoff over access to the vehicle and other potentially important evidence.
Conflict - Thursday - National - Transportation - Safety
That conflict flared on Thursday as the National Transportation Safety Board released a letter accusing the Schoharie County district attorney, Susan J. Mallery, of blocking its investigative team at almost every turn, including access to the limousine.
“We are gravely concerned that your lack of responsiveness to our requests has seriously impeded our abilities to carry out our congressionally-mandated duties to properly complete this safety investigation and potentially prevent similar accidents in the future,” wrote the board’s general counsel, Kathleen Silbaugh.
Letter - Dec - WRGB - Albany
The letter, dated Dec. 14, was first reported by WRGB in Albany.
More than two months after the crash, federal authorities said they still have not been allowed to look inside the wrecked limo — a modified 2001 Ford Excursion — in order to inspect its braking systems, which had failed state inspections, or to examine modifications that increased the car’s occupancy.
Photographs - Video - Vehicle - Country - Highway
They said they have also been denied photographs and video of the vehicle, which careened down a country highway in Schoharie, west of Albany, on Oct. 6.
All 17 passengers — including four sisters and a newlywed couple — were killed by the impact, along with two pedestrians and the limousine’s driver, who was later found not to have the proper license. Many of the victims were in their 20s and 30s.
Loss - Life - Media - Coverage - Accident
Despite the loss of life and global media coverage of the accident, federal pleas for access to the evidence — Ms....
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