The 2001 Ford Excursion limousine was traveling southwest on Route 30 in Schoharie around 2 p.m. when it failed to stop at a T-junction with state Route 30A and crashed into an SUV parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, Fiore said. Federal investigators were heading to the scene.
Photos from Schenectady Daily Gazette photographer Peter Barber showed a white van-style stretch limousine lodged in a ditch, along with police and emergency vehicles that had converged on the scene.
A police press conference will be held at 3 p.m.
Amy Dunlop-Johnson said three members of her family - her cousins Richie and Axel Steenburg, and cousin-in-law Amy Steenburg - were in the limousine and died in the crash.
Witnesses told local NBC affiliate WNYT that the limousine was carrying "a group" of people, while other media reports described as many as 18 passengers in the vehicle. "About four years ago they finally banned tractor trailers from the side road, from Route 30, coming down because they had at least two instances where tractor trailers lost their brakes and went through the intersection".
The NTSB tweeted Sunday that it is sending a team to investigate.
"Officials say Saturday's crash in Schoharie (sko-HAYR'-ee) was the deadliest transportation accident in the USA since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people".
Schoharie County is about 48 miles away from Albany, the capital of New York State.
"She was a lovely, sweet soul; he was, too", Abeling said of the two victims, adding they were married in June.
The collision is said to be the deadliest transport accident in the U.S. since 2009.
Captain Richard O'Brien of New York State Police said: "We have several Units here investigating the details from the New York State police including our reconstruction unit". We hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us.
"Archer, 4 years old, Elle, 16 months, tragically lost their parents, Adam and Abby, on October 6th in a horrific vehicle accident", a GoFundMe page says. We will be collecting donations for our local volunteer emergency services.
It is unclear how many other people, if any, were injured. She rushed out and immediately called 911. "There's just a lot of confusion, so many people died".
"When we went to pick up the dog, all the people that they were with had all their cars parked in front of their house", Mr. Andrews said.