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Cafe near Schoharie limo crash scene reopens, requests hugs, collects donations

Cafe near Schoharie limo crash scene reopens, requests hugs, collects donations

'We cope by being together'
Cafe near Schoharie limo crash scene reopens, requests hugs, collects donations
The Apple Barrel and the 30-30A intersection
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHOHARIE -- The country store near where 20 people died Saturday in a limousine crash reopened for business Sunday, asking on its Facebook page for hugs and donations for area first-responders.

"Yes, (we) are open today," the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe wrote on its Facebook page. "And could use your hugs. Donations (will) be accepted for our local emergency services."

"We are doing our best to cope and grieve. We are a big family at the Apple Barrel, and part of the bigger family of Schoharie," the post continued. "We cope by being together. And that is why we are open."

The Apple Barrel is located just off the intersection of state routes 30 and 30A, where Saturday's two-vehicle crash claimed 20 lives.

The limousine came to rest in a small ravine, just behind the Apple Barrel. The investigation is continuing.

The post late Sunday morning followed one from the store Saturday evening, telling of the horrific accident and thanking emergency responders.

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"As you may be aware, there was a horrific accident in front of our business today," the store wrote on its page Saturday evening. "First, we want to thank all of the emergency services that responded. We are so thankful for all of you."

Saturday night's Apple Barrel post noted then that the business would be open Sunday.

"We hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us," the cafe wrote. "We also hope you will share your change."

The cafe called the local volunteer emergency services "the heroes of our small community."

The Facebook post included a way to donate. It showed $495 raised from 14 people for the Scho-Wright Ambulance Service as of early Sunday afternoon.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected by the events of today," the cafe wrote. "You will always be part of our family."

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