SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Nearly four months after the tragic Schoharie limo crash, NTSB investigators have access to the limo and began their visual inspection of it today.
The agreement gives the National Transportation Safety Board access to the limo involved in the Schoharie crash that left 20 people dead. After months of the NTSB asking for limo access and Schoharie County DA Susan Mallery denying it, Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett called all parties together for a courtroom conference. Under the deal, NTSB can immediately make a visual inspection of the limo. Then police experts will be clear to remove the limo’s transmission and torque converter and the NTSB can proceed with a hands-on inspection after that. DA Mallery had maintained the criminal investigation against limo operator Nauman Hussain, who’s been charged with criminal negligence, took precedence. The NTSB said Mallery was blocking its investigators. The NTSB and DA Mallery declined commenting on camera, but Hussain’s attorney Lee Kindlon says he does not believe the NTSB inspection puts the evidence in jeopardy.
“Today’s conference made me more confident that the evidence is in good hands. The state police investigators here have been very, very conscientious about preserving evidence and making sure that things are taken care of,” said Kindlon.
As part of the agreement, the NTSB will not release their findings until the criminal case is complete.