Limo crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released new recommendations as it continues to investigate the October 2018 limousine crash in Schoharie, New York that killed 20 people.

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The New York Senate has approved new safety regulations for limousines following an upstate crash that killed 20 people last fall.

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The New York State Transportation Committee is looking to pass multiple bills next week to improve limousine safety. Limos would now have to include seatbelts, escape hatches, and roll bars and drivers would need criminal background checks and would have to carry a commercial driver’s license.

Updated at 12:28 a.m. ET Monday

To celebrate her upcoming 30th birthday, Amy Steenburg and more than a dozen close friends and relatives packed into a stretch limousine for an afternoon of wine- and beer-tasting around upstate New York.