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Limo operator arrested, charged after crash killed 20

AFP  |  New York 

The operator of a limousine company has been charged with criminally negligent after the deadliest accident in the for nearly a decade, police confirmed Thursday.

Seventeen passengers, the and two pedestrians were killed when an SUV-style stretch vehicle careened out of control on Saturday in Schoharie, a town about three hours' drive north of Manhattan.

Nauman Hussain, 28, was arrested and arraigned on Wednesday evening on one count of criminally negligent with 20 names, a confirmed to AFP.

He was released on bail. Police said the criminal investigation is ongoing. Hussain's father, who is in Pakistan, owns the Prestige Limousine company and is also thought to be under investigation.

Hussain, the operator, was issued written violations by state police and the department of that the he hired -- and who was killed -- should not have been operating the type of vehicle.

The vehicle was also placed out of service by the same department in September and should not have been on the road, police said.

"The sole responsibility for that motor vehicle being on the road on Saturday rests with Nauman Hussain," George Beach, of state police, told a conference on Wednesday.

The passengers -- including four sisters -- were reportedly celebrating a birthday party.

Police said the 2001 failed to stop at an intersection and careened out of control, crashing into a parked car.

It was the deadliest transport accident in the since a Flight from Newark, to Buffalo, crashed in February 2009, killing 49.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 01:30 IST