security agents at the crash site. Source: CNN

Twenty people have been killed in a crash involving a stretch limousine taking people to a birthday party in the US state of New York, Concise News has learned.

The 2001 Ford Excursion limo was traveling southwest on State Route 30 and overrun an intersection with State Route 30 A then collided with an SUV in a parking lot shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in Schoharie, New York State Police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore said.

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Fiore added that all 18 people in the limo were killed, including the driver and two pedestrians near the unoccupied parked 2015 Toyota Highlander were also killed.

Valerie Abeling, a source who witnessed the accident, told CNN that her niece, Erin Vertucci and Erin’s husband Shane McGowan, who were married in June, were among the victims in the limo.

“My family is just going through a lot,” Abeling said. “It’s a horrible tragedy and there’s no words to describe how we feel.”

Authorities are still notifying the families of victims and declined to release the victims’ names, according to Fiore.

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Robert Sumwalt, said  the accident is America’s deadliest transport crash since 2009.