Watertown Husband, Wife Killed in Albany Accident

Watertown Husband, Wife Killed in Albany Accident

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A Watertown husband and wife were among the 20 people killed Saturday in a crash near Albany involving a limousine-bus.

The crash triggered a massive police and emergency response to the intersection of Routes 30 and 30A in the Town of Schoharie Saturday afternoon just before 2 o'clock. Schoharie is about 45 minutes west of Albany.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday the limousine involved in the crash had failed a state inspection and should not have been on the road. He said Monday in Manhattan the vehicle had been inspected by the state's transportation department just last month.

Cuomo also said the driver didn't have the appropriate license and the stretch limo had been rebuilt in a way that violated federal law.

He said the company, Prestige Limousine, "has a lot to answer for." Calls to the limousine company were unanswered Monday.

Among the dead are Mary and Rob Dyson of Watertown. Word of their death first surfaced Sunday afternoon in a Facebook post from Star-Spangled Crossfit, where Mary Dyson was a coach. Mary Dyson, originally from the Albany area, was an Army veteran and an engineer. She was one of four sisters killed in the accident.

She worked for Upstate Construction Services, a Syracuse-based firm with an office in Watertown. She was also vice president of Theta Phi Alpha sorority when she was a student at Clarkson University.

Mary and Rob Dyson were celebrating the 30th birthday of one of Mary's sisters when the crash happened. 7 News spoke with a woman who knew the couple here in the north country.

"How can God take away so many people at the same time and leave kids without parents," said Julia Robbins, who met Mary and Rob Dyson in 2011 at Star Spangled Crossfit in Watertown.

Mary was a coach there. Robbins described her as hard working and encouraging. She described Rob as more quiet, saying he usually worked out while wearing headphones.

"Just really wonderful people in the prime of their life and just really shocking and sad that they're gone in such a horrible way," said Robbins.

Mary was an Army veteran and the vice president of Upstate Construction Services.

Rob worked at Stebbins Engineering and Manufacturing Company.

They got married in 2009, a couple of years after graduating from Clarkson University together.

Officials from the university say they're still processing the news of the accident.

"To find out our university has a connection and such a young couple with their whole lives ahead of them, we're all still kinda reeling and trying to figure out, what do we do," said Matt Draper, vice president of development and alumni relations. 

A number of GoFundMe and Facebook pages have been set up to collect donations for the victims' families, so far raising more than $200,000 between them.

The couple leaves behind a two year old son, Isaac.

At an afternoon news conference Sunday, state police said a limousine-bus didn't stop at an intersection and sped into the parking lot of a country store, where it hit an SUV that was unoccupied. 18 people in the limo - the driver and passengers - were killed, as were two people in the parking lot of the store.

The Dysons were among the 18 people on the limousine-bus killed.

Local media outlets describe the intersection where it happened as notorious for accidents.

The Apple Barrel country store, where the accident occurred, posted a message on Facebook saying it was open on Sunday "and could use your hugs."

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating the crash. Governor Cuomo said Sunday that he has "directed State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy."

(Photo of the scene taken from WTEN TV video. Photo of the couple from Star Spangled Crossfit's Facebook page.The photo of Mary alone is from the Clarkson yearbook when she was a student there.)

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