Instead, it would smash into an unoccupied SUV after running a stop sign, killing two people standing outside, before careening into a ravine.
He said authorities were able to figure out the direction the limo was traveling and what occurred, based on evidence found at the scene.
The vehicle had been on its way to a birthday party at the time of the incident, and many of those on board were all members of the same family. "It seems like a really bad dream", said Eric Steenberg, Rich and Axel's little brother.
It was unclear how many other people, if any, were injured.
"What they're here to do at this point is collect the perishable information the information that can go away with the passage of time", he said.
Valerie Abeling said her niece, Erin McGowan, 34, and her husband Shane, 30, were among the limo victims.
Two of the victims, Shane and Erin McGowan, were newlyweds.
"It's tragic. terrible. I can't even begin to even explain".
The Dysons lived in Watertown, New York, where Mary worked as an engineer and a coach at Star Spangled Crossfit, which dedicated a workout to her on Monday. "Our lives have been changed forever".
She became a teacher because she loved working with children, Rich Peters, president of the Amsterdam Teachers Association, told the Times Union.
As investigators piece together what caused the limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate NY, more details are coming out about the 17 passengers, who had gotten together to celebrate a birthday.
Amy's sister Abigail and husband Adam Jackson, sister Mary and husband Rob Dyson and sister Allison King also died, the women's aunt said.
Just last week, Karina Halse was laughing with her sister, Amanda Halse, at a plant shop in Vermont.
Calls to the families of the other victims were not returned, and The Washington Post is withholding their names until they can be confirmed by relatives. She said she had exchanged text messages with her sister the day she died.
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Ms Abeling said of the victims: "She was a handsome, sweet soul; he was too".
Twenty minutes later, all passengers on board the limo were dead. That friend and her three sisters and their spouses were all killed, Abeling said.
Needless loss of life is always tragic, but the concentration of loss in this close-knit group of people is deeply so.
Questions have been raised before about safety issues with stretch limousine vehicles.
The crash occurred outside the Apple Barrel Country Store, and multiple people in the store's parking lot were killed when the limousine sped down a hill and hit them, the store's manager told the New York Times.
"I don't want to describe the scene", Kirby told the newspaper.
The store is a popular stop for tourists on fall foliage trips. In a Facebook post, the store said it would remain open through the weekend despite the "horrific accident in front of our business".
Here's a look at what we know about the victims so far.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed all state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.
On Sunday, Cuomo released a statement saying, "My heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives in this horrific accident on Saturday in Schoharie".
"Amanda was loved by all of her coworkers", said Steve Klein, associate executive director of program services at the company.
The limo failed inspection.
Large-limo wrecks are relatively few: 12 nationwide between 2012 and 2016, compared with over 157,000 crashes involving all types of vehicles during that period, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "This is the most deadly transportation accident in this country since February of 2009". The two were killed when a limousine they were riding in crashed Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Schoharie, N.Y. "You just can't", Barbara Douglas, Tom King's sister, said. "They were saving for a house and hoping to do everything that everybody hopes to do", he said.