A Watertown husband and wife were among the 20 people killed Saturday in a crash near Albany involving a limousine-bus.
The crash triggered a massive police and emergency response to the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in the Town of Schoharie Saturday afternoon just before 2 o’clock. Schoharie is about 45 minutes west of Albany.
Among the dead are Mary and Rob Dyson of Watertown. Word of their death first surfaced Sunday afternoon in a Facebook post from Star-Spangled Crossfit, where Mary Dyson was a coach. Mary Dyson was originally from the Albany area, was an Army veteran, and an engineer.
At an afternoon news conference Sunday, state police said a limousine-bus didn’t stop at an intersection and sped into the parking lot of a country store, where it hit an SUV that was unoccupied. 18 people in the limo – the driver and passengers – were killed, as were two people in the parking lot of the store.
WNYT-TV reports the limo was carrying a wedding party, though state police did not confirm that. Investigators closed the road to allow for an accident reconstruction. The road was reopened Sunday.
Local media outlets describe the intersection where it happened as notorious for accidents.
The Apple Barrel country store, where the accident occurred, posted a message on Facebook saying it was open on Sunday “and could use your hugs.”
The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating the crash. Governor Cuomo said Sunday that he has “directed State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy.”
(Photo taken from WTEN TV video)
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