At least two vehicles, including the limo carrying a wedding party, collided at an intersection in Schoharie ― about 35 miles west of Albany ― around 1:55 p.m. Saturday, according to New York State Police. At least one of the vehicles then careened into the parking lot of the Apple Barrel cafe, a popular spot for tourists taking in upstate’s fall foliage, according to the Albany Times Union.
State police confirmed the deaths of 20 people at the scene, though it was unclear how many of the victims were in the vehicles and how many may have been on foot. The names of the deceased were not immediately released as state police worked through notifying their next-of-kin in the wake of the massive smash-up.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are en route to investigate one of the deadliest vehicular accidents the region has seen in years. Those fearing that a loved one may have been involved in the collision are urged to call the New York State Police at (877) 672-4911.