Families Of Those Killed In New York Limousine Crash Speak Out
The family of several of those killed in the limousine crash in upstate New York yesterday has spoken for the first time following the tragic event.
Barbara Douglas is the aunt of four of the women killed in the incident that claimed the lives of 20 people in total. Her brother lost four of his daughters and has been described as 'broken'.
Douglas told NBC News: "My brother, I think is broken, and I think my sister-in-law is broken,
"I don't know how you say it. You can't wrap you head around such a tragedy where you have four of your daughters die.
"They were very smart, and beautiful and they lived life to the fullest."
The horrific crash took place after the limousine that several of those killed were travelling in crashed in Schoharie, New York State after colliding with pedestrians.
Police have suggested that the driver failed to stop at an intersection.
The group were celebrating the 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg, who was also killed alongside her newlywed husband Axel. Everyone in the vehicle had also recently attended Amy and Axel's wedding.
Sisters Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson, and Allison King, Axel's brother, Rich Steenburg, and Jackson's husband Adam were all inside the vehicle and killed in the crash.
Newlywed couple Erin and Shane McGowan have also been named amongst the dead. Anthony Vertucci, the father of Erin McGowan, shared photos of his daughter's wedding day and wrote about his "devastation" following his daughter's death.
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He said: "My heart has stopped. Unspeakable tragedy that I can't comprehend and will never come to terms with."
The Jacksons leave behind two young children, 4-year-old Archer and 16-month-old Elle. Dyson, whose husband Robert was also killed, leave behind a young son.
Douglas continued: "I don't know what to tell you, they were the best nieces that anybody could have. I can't. I'm very nervous. I can't talk."
Since the crash, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the orphaned children of Abigail and Adam Jackson.
On the page, a friend wrote: "Archer, 4 years old, Elle, 16 months, tragically lost their parents, Adam and Abby, on October 6th in a horrific car accident.
"Adam and Abby were amazing parents to these girls and taken much too soon.
"While families will step in and provide loving care for these girls, there will be expenses that we can help with during this time when we otherwise feel so helpless."
The page has so far raised $6,000 of a $50,000 goal.
The New York State Police said that on Saturday afternoon a Ford limousine failed to stop at an intersection and travelled across the junction into the car park of the Apple Barrel Country Shop.
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