Officials said 20 people were killed in a limousine crash at a popular tourist site in upstate New York.
Local officials told the Times Union of Albany that a limousine speeding on a hill collided with pedestrians in the afternoon at the Apple Barrel Country Store in Shohari, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City. State police confirmed on Sunday that the death toll had reached 20 and said the accident involved two cars.
The shop is a popular stopover for tourists on fall foliage tours.
Authorities on Sunday did not release the victims’ names or other details, but state police have created a hotline for family members. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
In the afternoon a press conference is scheduled.
In a Facebook post, the Apple Barrel Country Store thanked emergency responders for their actions. In the wake of the “horrific” incident, the store announced that it was open and “could use hugs.”
Witnesses described the chaos, with ambulances and other responders turning up.
“I heard some shouting. It seemed serious because people were running back and forth,” said Brady Finnegan of Shohari