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Seatbelts part of the problem in last year's Schoharie limousine crash

Oct 03, 2019 12:57 am
Stephen Williams reports in the Daily Gazette that the seatbelt system in the limousine that crashed in Schoharie County last year, killing 20 people, was partially to blame, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Oct. 2. "The passenger seat belt systems in the Schoharie crash limousine were poorly designed and would not have provided adequate protection," the NTSB stated about the Oct. 6, 2018 accident at the intersection of state routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie. "The Schoharie crash shows that a comprehensive solution is required to address the multiple occupant protection problems associated with seating systems in limousines that have been modified from other types of vehicles." U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko, a Democrat who represents the area, said, “Today’s preliminary findings by the NTSB confirm what many of us have long-believed: the 20 souls lost to this tragedy were victims of a profoundly broken system that failed to establish or uphold even the most basic safety standards.... Making matters worse, these findings show in heart-breaking fashion that incidents like this will continue to happen until we deal with America’s broken limousine safety standards and respond with clear, enforceable standards.” Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.