A limousine crash in upstate New York on Saturday killed 20 people, officials have said. Now, portraits of the victims, including two pairs of newlyweds, have started to emerge.
Officials said all 18 people in the limousine died, as well as two pedestrians. The limo was said to be heading to a friend's birthday party.
Rich Steenburg, 34, his 29-year-old sibling Axel Steenburg and Axel’s wife Amy all were in the limousine and died, the brothers’ stepfather, Lester Andrews, told the New York Times.
“[Axel and Amy] rented the limo with some families,” Andrews told the newspaper. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died.”
The couple had tied the knot this past summer, according to Andrews.
Axel Steenburg and his wife, Amy, were killed, according to Axel’s stepfather, Lester Andrews. (Facebook photo)
A GoFundMe page is seeking help with funeral costs for the siblings.
Both Steenburg brothers worked for GlobalFoundries, the Albany Times-Union reported. It added that Amanda Rivenburg, a friend of Amy's, also died.
The victims also included parents Abby and Adam Jackson.
“Archer, 4 years old, Elle, 16 months, tragically lost their parents, Adam and Abby, on October 6th in a horrific car accident,” a GoFundMe page says.
Axel Steenburg, left, and his brother Rich Steenburg, right, were both killed, according to their stepfather, Lester Andrews. (Facebook)
Newlyweds Erin Vertucci and Shane McGowan also were killed.
Valerie Abeling, Vertucci's aunt, spoke through tears while giving the news. She said her own daughter had been invited along but couldn't go.
Speaking of the couple, Abeling said Vertucci “was a beautiful, sweet soul; he was too,” Abeling said.
The couple was married at a “beautiful wedding" in June at a venue in upstate New York, Abeling said.
She added, “They had everything going for them.”
Adam and Abby Jackson left behind two children. (Facebook)
Vertucci was 34 and McGowan was 30. They met through Abeling’s daughter.
Vertucci, who grew up in Amsterdam, New York, was an administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam.
Saturday's crash in Schoharie was the deadliest transportation incident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash in Buffalo, New York, killed 50 people, officials said.
Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34 and Shane McGowan, 30 were among those killed in the limousine crash in upstate New York, said Valerie Abeling, aunt of Erin. (Facebook)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.