"I believe the jaws of life were here on the side of one of the fire trucks", local Bridey Finnagen said.
Robert Sumwalt, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), told CNN that the accident should be "a wake-up call" for limousine safety. "Colgan Air up at Buffalo killed 40 people, 50 people, but this is the most deadly transportation accident in this country since February 2009".
"She didn't like it when other people did things for her".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families following this horrific tragedy", Fiore said.
There were conflicting reports about where the passengers in the limousine were headed.
The vehicle, which was transporting 18 people going to a birthday party when it crashed into a parked auto, was a last-minute replacement for a hired bus that had broken down. The Associated Press reported that the limousine passengers were on their way to a birthday party.
Suzanne Douglass said her nephew, Matthew Coons, of Johnstown, also died in the crash.
Shane and Erin McGowan married in June, and her aunt said they were "two of the sweetest souls you could ever meet". "I can't even imagine how it happened, or why it happened".
She lived in Amsterdam, New York, according to her Facebook page. "Our lives have been changed forever". Abby Jackson, as she was known, worked as a teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District, said her aunt, Barbara Douglas, of Dannemora.
That friend, her husband, and three of her sisters, all of whom were accompanied by spouses, were among those killed in the crash, Abeling said.
"The motor is making everyone deaf", Erin McGowan texted a friend, complaining that the vehicle was in "terrible condition", according to the Times. "When we get to brewery we will all b deaf", she texted the same friend, moments before the fatal crash.
Officials had not released the victims' names as of early Monday, but some of the names and details were disclosed in media accounts from relatives and Go Fund Me pages.
The limousine then slammed into a parked, unoccupied 2015 Toyota Highlander.
Valerie Abeling told CNN that her niece, Erin McGowan was close friends with the Steenburgs.
Twenty minutes later, all passengers on board the limo were dead.
"He loved, hugged and cried with his family and friends like their problems were his", he said. "She was a handsome, sweet soul".
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of the deadly crash.
At the news conference, Fiore didn't comment on the limo's speed, or whether the limo occupants were wearing seat belts. At this time, Ford does not have any information about the vehicle involved in this accident, but we are ready to cooperate with agencies who are investigating. "You know that sound when it happens".
Jessica Kirby is managing director of the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) NY. But Sumwalt said the investigation was a priority and would be thorough.
"Our hearts grieve for the victim's families, our customers who tried to help, and our staff who did everything they could to comfort", the store stated. "We will not be discussing the events of today any further. Thank you for understanding".
The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues into what caused Saturday's shocking accident in Schoharie, New York. ". I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely hard time".
There were 12 wrecks - and a dozen crash deaths - involving large limos from 2012 to 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
He also said the limo - built by cutting apart a heavy-duty SUV and lengthening it - had been created without federal certification, though NTSB officials said they hadn't yet determined whether the vehicle met federal standards.
It's "just really sad - the whole damn thing", Tavenner said. They are also looking into the driver's record and qualifications and conducting an autopsy to see if drugs or alcohol were factors. Douglas said they had several children between them.