NTSB: Limo owner evaded safety rules before fatal crash

NTSB: Limo owner evaded safety rules before fatal crash
Twenty people died -- including two from Watertown -- when a limousine crashed in Schoharie, N.Y. in October 2018. (Source: WWNY)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Documents released by federal investigators show the owner of the stretched limousine that crashed and killed 20 people, including 2 from Watertown, took pains to evade safety regulations.

The National Transportation Safety Board's docket on the October 2018 crash in upstate New York includes documentation of falsified registration papers and repeated failed inspections.

But it doesn't cite a probable cause for the crash, which police attributed to catastrophic brake failure.

Nauman Hussain, operator of Prestige Limousine in Saratoga Springs, faces 20 counts each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the crash.

His lawyer had no immediate comment on the NTSB documents.

The federal board is slated to release a final report and determination of cause next month.

The vehicle crashed beside a country store, killing the driver, 17 passengers on a birthday outing, and two pedestrians.

The passengers included Mary and Rob Dyson of Watertown. Mary Dyson was one of four sisters killed.

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