Cuomo: Limo driver didn't have appropriate license
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WRGB) – Investigators flew a drone Monday over the spot where a limo crashed on Saturday, killing 20 people.
New York State Police said the vehicle traveled down State Route 30 and through the intersection with Route 30A without stopping. The drone is part of an effort by authorities to gather information as they work to figure out why the crash happened.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the vehicle should never have been on the road this weekend. He said the driver did not have the proper license to be operating it. The Governor also said the limo itself was inspected by New York State DOT last month and failed.
“The owner of the company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road,” said Gov. Cuomo.
Specifically, the Governor said the vehicle did not have certification proving that it was extended properly under federal law, and it failed a safety test.
“The on-site inspection they did, in terms of vehicle systems, suspension system, chassis system, braking system, it also failed those checks,” said Gov. Cuomo.
The Governor made it clear that we don’t know if that played a role in this crash because the investigation is still very much underway. In the meantime, Gov. Cuomo said that he wants the company that owns the limo off the road.
“We’re doing a cease and desist order to stop Prestige Limousine from operating until the investigation is concluded,” said the Governor.
Some residents and local leaders have also expressed concern about the intersection where the crash happened.
NYSDOT said that the intersection was fully reconstructed about a decade ago from a “Double Y” to a “T” intersection. DOT said concern had been raised about the intersection lining up with the Apple Barrel Cafe property and the possibility of trucks losing control, so weight restrictions were put in place. In 2015, trucks were banned.
NYSDOT said it previously conducted a six and a half year study on the intersection and that a total of four accidents have been reported there since it was redone about a decade ago.