Deadliest U.S. Accident in 9 Years 

Meghan King, Contributor

The limousine crash that killed 20 people on Oct. 6 was the worst accident in the U.S. in nine years. Eighteen people were inside the vehicle when it went through a stop sign and crashed into a parked car in Schoharie, New York. The 17 passengers, the driver, and 2 pedestrians were all killed in the crash.The 17 passengers included sisters, brothers, and married couples.  

The driver of the stretch limousine involved in the crash did not have the proper license to be operating the vehicle. In addition, the limo had failed at least one prior safety inspection and the company that owned it had a record of noncompliance with state and federal requirements.  The operator of the limo company involved was arrested on charges of homicide following the crash. Nauman Hussain, 28, pleaded not guilty on one count and posted bond. New York State police superintendent George Beach said, “The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road on Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain,” according to CBS News. “That vehicle was placed out of service by the Department of Transportation on September of this year and should not have been on the road.” 

One of the many questions regarding the crash was if the driver made an error. It isn’t clear if the driver of the limousine made any avoidable errors when he drove through an intersection at the bottom of a hill and crashed into a parked car before coming to a rest. There were no skidmarks left at the scene of the crash, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the driver didn’t attempt to brake.