Limo driver's family believes he was given an unsafe vehicle

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The driver of a limousine carrying the four sisters and other revelers celebrating a 30th birthday barreled through an intersection, ignoring a stop sign, and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all 18 people inside the limo.

Tragically, Erin's text proved correct as reports emerged on Monday that the limo had recently failed a safety inspection and shouldn't have been on the road, and the driver wasn't properly licensed, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

According to the New York Times, the limousine lost control while going through an intersection that residents of the area say is notoriously risky.

He added, "It's not supposed to be on the road". The limo driver, all 17 passengers, and the two pedestrians died.

The phone line at Prestige Limousine was disconnected.

NY state has issued a "cease and desist" order to stop Prestige Limo from operating until conclusion of the Schoharie investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a "go-team" to the crash site from Washington DC, which are used to investigate major accidents.

The passengers of the limo - including four sisters, newlyweds and young couples - were all celebrating a birthday party, according to USA media.

"It was just a nice get-together for all three of us girls to have a nice day out", she said.

Newlyweds Amy and Axel Steenburg also married in June.

"Adam and Abby were incredible parents to these girls and taken much too soon", the GoFundMe page says.

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"She was such a charismatic person and she just wanted to make sure everyone was happy and I'm so grateful that she was my sister out of everyone else on this earth", Karina Halse said of her sister Amanda on Good Morning America.

"They were wonderful girls", their aunt, Barbara Douglas, told The Associated Press. The vehicle apparently struck two pedestrians and an unoccupied SUV in the store's parking lot before ending up in a shallow ravine.

The issues don't stop there as Arbelaez said safety requirements aren't as strict on limos as they are with traditional cars.

Their husbands also all died in the crash. She lived in Amsterdam, New York, according to her Facebook page.

Three children have been orphaned due to the crash, and the four sisters leave behind one other sister and two brothers.

Thousands gathered along the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, New York, for a candlelight vigil to remember the 20 victims of a limousine crash that has left a devastated community with too many questions.

"I've been on the board for 12 years and this is one of the biggest losses of life ..."

Newlyweds Amy and Axel Steenburg were among the 20 people killed in the limousine crash in upstate NY on Saturday. The front end of the limo was crushed, forcing the engine into the driver compartment, NTSB officials said, describing the substantial "force and energy" required to create such extensive damage. Five women out for a bachelorette party were killed in 2013 when their stretch limo caught fire in Northern California because of friction between the driveshaft and the rear floorboard.

On Sunday, Mr Cuomo said he had "directed state agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy". "She was a handsome, sweet soul; he was, too, they were very sweet", Abeling said.

Erin, who worked in a pediatrician's office, and Shane, who worked for Miracle Ear, were married in June.

The owner of Prestige Limousine, Shahed Hussain, shares the same name and address as that of a former FBI informant who appeared as a witness in two USA cases in which prosecutors brought terrorism charges against defendants, transportation and federal court records showed.