Crashed Upstate Limo Was Headed To Cooperstown Brewery
In a tragic twist of fate, 20 lives were ended on Saturday in a horrific crash that has left a community reeling, families devastated, children orphaned, and America in a state of shock.
Killed in the crash are Axel and Amy Steenburg, Amy's sisters and husbands, Mary and Rob Dyson, Allison King, and Abby Jackson and her husband Adam, who are survived by their daughters Archer, 4, and 16-month-old Ellie. Axel’s brother, Rich Steenburg was killed and is survived by his 10-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson. Also killed in the crash newlyweds Erin and Shane McGowan, Patrick Cushing, 31 and his girlfriend Amanda Halse, 26, and Matthew Coons and his girlfriend Savannah Devonne.
The victims identified range in age from to 30 to 35 and grew up together in the Amsterdam, New York, area.
A GoFundMe page was created to cover the college expenses for Abby and Adam Jackson's daughters Archer, 4, and 16-month-old Ellie.
An aunt of the four sisters, Barbara Douglas, said told NBC News that the party was a surprise for her niece, Amy Steenberg. “They did the responsible thing getting a limo so they wouldn't be driving,” Douglas said.
It's unknown at this point what caused the crash and NTSB is actively investigating road conditions, mechanical conditions of the limousine and more.
The Daily Mail says the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine that crashed was a last-minute replacement as the actual bus they rented was broken down from Prestige Limousines in Albany NY.
The Washington Post reports twenty minutes before the crash; passenger Erin McGowan texted her aunt to say the limo was 'in terrible condition.'
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call 518-630-1708.