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20 killed in New York state car crash: Police

AFP  |  New York 

Twenty people have been killed in a crash in New York state, police confirmed Sunday, with reporting that it slammed into a crowd of pedestrians at a country store.

Police said the accident occurred Saturday afternoon, describing in a brief statement two cars colliding in Schoharie County, near the state capital, Albany.

An SUV-style stretch sped down a hill, crashing into pedestrians outside the and Cafe, the said, citing police.

Pictures posted on by Jesse McKinley, the for the New York Times, showed a hair brush and a fragment of tail light in the grass at the side of the road, near deep muddy tracks that disappeared into woodland beyond.

said customers in the parking lot were killed when they were hit by the as it careened down the hill, reported.

"All fatal. That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 mph... I don't want to describe the scene. It's not something I want to think about," she was quoted as saying.

The weekend is the busiest of the year for the store, Kirby told the paper, noting that it was full of customers from New York City, and Albany at the time of the crash.

A witness named by as said the limousine was carrying a party on their way to a wedding reception.

"This is terrible, terrible, terrible," he told the

The confirmed on that a limo was involved and said it was sending investigators to the scene.

Witnesses told local affiliate that the limousine was carrying "a group" of people, while other described as many as 18 passengers in the vehicle.

"I heard some screaming. It looked serious because people were and forth," a witness identified as told the station.

Road accidents are the fourth leading cause of injury related deaths in New York state, according to federal health statistics.

In 2014, the latest year with available figures, crashes on the state's highways resulted in USD 808.1 million in hospitalization and emergency department charges, the said on its website.

The store, a popular stop for tourists viewing fall foliage in the area, posted a message on its page lamenting the "horrific accident".

It said it would be open for business on Sunday and "hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us".

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 23:55 IST