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A weekend crash in upstate NY that killed 20 people, including 18 in a limousine headed to a birthday party, was the deadliest transportation-related accident in almost a decade, authorities said.

On Saturday, 17 people got into a limo to go to a brewery in Schoharie, New York, to celebrate Amy Steenburg's 30th birthday. She and Axel Steenburg just married in June.

"We were told that the limousine was going down the hill over 60 miles an hour, missed the stop sign and then hit another auto which hit two more pedestrians", the grieving sister said.

The couple lived in Amsterdam with their dog. "She just wanted to make sure everyone was happy, and I'm so grateful that she was my sister out of everyone else on this earth". You are such an awesome man and entertain all my.

"I just saw her last Saturday".

Mr Steenburg's brother, Rich, was among the fatalities as well as Mrs Steenburg's friend, Amanda Rivenburg.

He worked for GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor and manufacturing company. He is survived by his daughter, 10, stepson, 14, and wife, who were not in the auto.

We are a big family at the Apple Barrel, and part of the bigger family of Schoharie.

Coons, of Johnstown, was a weightlifting aficionado described by relatives as a gentleman with a dry wit.

"He had a huge heart, a golden heart", said his aunt, Suzanne Douglass. "He made you laugh so hard until you cried". Abigail was among the four sisters killed. "They were just loving and amusing and kind and everybody loved them and they were so good together. He also financially supported the household and was also a father figure to his much younger brother". Cushing was an Amsterdam resident and a state Senate technology services employee.

Debris scatters an area Sunday at the site of Saturday's fatal crash Schoharie.

Known as "Cush", Cushing also played for Team USA Dodgeball.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store thanked emergency responders for their actions in the aftermath of the "horrific" accident.

"My sister was a very strong and independent person", Karina Halse said.

It is unclear how many other people, if any, were injured. "She would be the one to initiate things". "And I will always have her in my heart". "It's in a place where I have never felt this kind of pain before", Halse said. She was one of the four sisters killed.

Clarkson University posted to social media earlier Monday, marking the loss of two alumni, Robert and Mary Dyson.

The Dysons leave behind two young children: Archer, 4, and Elle, 16 months.

Barbara Douglas, who lost four nieces in the crash, told reporters that the family had chosen to take the limo so that they wouldn't have to drink and drive. She was a teacher in the Amsterdam School District, reported The New York Times. "They had their whole lives ahead of them".

Press reports say Adam Jackson was employed as a deputy commissioner of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Abigail was among the four sisters killed.

Her husband Rob was also killed.

Most of the victims had ties to the city in New York's "Mohawk Valley".

The couple was married at a "beautiful wedding" in June at a venue in upstate New York, Abeling said.

Rocco Semprivivo, Erin McGowan's stepfather, described his stepdaughter to The Times as "a pretty outgoing, gregarious girl".

Somewhere along the way, Abeling said, the bus apparently broke down and the limousine was the replacement, she said. Police said Sunday that they were not releasing any of the victims' names, pending autopsies and notification of next of kin. That friend and her three sisters and their spouses were all killed, Abeling said. "He was, too. They were very sweet".


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