SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the flags to fly half-staff in honor of the victims in the deadly Schoharie limo crash that occurred last weekend.
Flags will be lowered on Thursday and will remain that way until funeral services for the victims take place.
“In the wake of the Schoharie crash, it is hard to fathom the extent of this tragedy. We lost mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters, brothers and friends, and the community will never be the same,” said Cuomo. "The entire family of New York mourns for the lives cut short in this crash.”
State police say the limo was driving on Route 30 in Schoharie when it ran a stop sign and plowed into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store, killing 2 pedestrians.
Initial investigation shows the driver of the limo did not have the appropriate driver's license and the limo reportedly failed state inspection last month.
The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and New York State Police.
Officials say the crash is the deadliest transportation accident in the country since 2009.
Among the dead are State Justice Center employee Amy King Steenburg, SUNY Oswego professor Brian Hough, New York State Senate employee Patrick Cushing and Cushing's girlfriend, Amanda Halse.