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Read: NTSB issues full final report on 2018 Schoharie limo crash


SCHOHARIE – The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday issued its full final report on the Oct. 6, 2018 Schoharie limo crash that killed 20 people.

The report is 103 pages long and The Daily Gazette will have a full article on its contents later Thursday.

Included in the executive summary of  the report is this paragraph titled “Probable Cause,” citing the limousine company’s “egregious disregard for safety” as the probable cause.

The section also cited as contributing to crash the New York State Department of Transportation’s “ineffective oversight” and further contributing to the crash the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ “inadequate oversight of state licensed inspection stations.”

“The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Schoharie, New York, crash was Prestige Limousine and Chauffeur Service’s egregious disregard for safety, in dispatching a stretch limousine with an out-of-service order for a passenger charter trip, resulting in the failure of its brake system while descending the steep grade of New York State Route 30. Contributing to the crash was the New York State Department of Transportation’s ineffective oversight of Prestige Limousine, despite its knowledge of the carrier’s multiple out-of-service violations and lack of operating authority, as well as the department’s inadequate repair verification process. Further contributing to the crash was the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ inadequate oversight of state-licensed inspection stations and its failure to properly register the limousine, which enabled Prestige Limousine to circumvent the state’s safety regulations and more rigorous inspection requirements.”

The report can be read below in its entirety.


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