Renting a limousine often occurs for many special occasions, such as weddings, formal school dances, and even birthday parties. For the most part, limo drivers are well trained, and in some states, they are required to have a certain kind of license, particularly if the limo seats more than a certain number of people. The vehicles are also required to pass routine inspections. Unfortunately for one New York limo provider, a limo that had failed inspection was put into service, leading to the deaths of 20 people. The Gazette Standard reports on the story.
The crash occurred about 170 miles north of New York City and the state moved to shut down the company that provided the limo, Prestige Limousine. The company will remain shut down while authorities investigate why a limo that failed an inspection last month was out on the road.
Authorities are also trying to determine why a driver who was improperly licensed to drive the vehicle was behind the wheel.
The limo, which was built from a 2001 Ford Excursion, ran a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Café. Two pedestrians and all 18 passengers were killed.
State police say that they have seized 4 Prestige vehicles for inspection, including the mangled remains of the wrecked limo.
An early investigation revealed that the limo driver lacked the appropriate commercial driver’s license. It also revealed that last month, the vehicle failed a state inspection that examined the chassis, suspension, and brakes.
A post-mortem on the driver will be conducted to see if drugs or alcohol were a factor. It has also been yet to be revealed if the driver attempted to brake before the collision.
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