More than two months after a limousine crash in upstate New York killed 20 people, federal investigators still can’t get access to the vehicle to complete its probe.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a letter Thursday to the Schoharie County district attorney expressing frustration with the stonewalling by the office and State Police, saying the delay jeopardizes the investigation and leaves evidence in jeopardy.
“While we understand the important duties you are fulfilling, we are gravely concerned about your lack of responsiveness to our requests that have seriously impeded our abilities carry out our Congressionally-mandated duties to properly compete this safety investigation and potentially prevent similar accidents in the future,” the NTSB general counsel Kathleen Silbaugh wrote Dec. 14.
Seventeen passengers, the limo driver and two pedestrians were killed Oct. 6 on a rural road in Schoharie when the vehicle crashed as the occupants were on their way to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the passengers.
It was the deadliest transportation incident in the U.S. since 2009.