Siblings Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson and Allison King were celebrating their newlywed youngest sister Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday
Four sisters and their husbands are among 20 people killed when a limousine crashed into a ditch in the US.
Siblings Abigail Jackson, Mary Dyson and Allison King were celebrating their newlywed youngest sister Amy Steenburg’s 30th birthday, their heartbroken aunt revealed.
Amy’s new husband Axel, 29, died alongside his brother Rich Steenburg.
Abigail, known as Abby, and her husband Adam were killed in the accident in Schoharie in upstate New York.
The couple are parents to two young daughters, four-year-old Archer and 16-month-old Elle.
The girls’ sister Mary Dyson and her husband Robert leave behind a young son.
Barbara Douglas, whose brother is the women’s father, confirmed four of her nieces were killed in the crash.
“My brother, I think is broken, and I think my sister-in-law is broken,” Douglas told NBC News.
“I don’t know how you say it. You can’t wrap you head around such a tragedy where you have four of your daughters die.”
“They were very smart, and beautiful and they lived life to the fullest.”
“I don’t know what to tell you, they were the best nieces that anybody could have. I can’t. I’m very nervous. I can’t talk.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Adam and Abby’s two young children, left orphaned by the crash.
A friend wrote: “Archer, 4 years old, Elle, 16 months, tragically lost their parents, Adam and Abby, on October 6th in a horrific car accident.
“Adam and Abby were amazing parents to these girls and taken much too soon.
“While families will step in and provide loving care for these girls, there will be expenses that we can help with during this time when we otherwise feel so helpless.”
Already more than $6,000 dollars have been raised with an initial target of $50,000.
Newlyweds Erin and Shane McGowan were also killed in the horrific crash.
Anthony Vertucci, Erin’s father, spoke of the ‘darkness and devastation’ that had hit his family and shared photos of his daughter’s wedding day in a heartbreaking tribute.
He wrote: “My heart has stopped. Unspeakable tragedy that I can’t comprehend and will never come to terms with.”
Police say the driver of the limo failed to stop at a junction and crashed into several pedestrians, killing two.
Two of the 20 killed were pedestrians, officials said on Sunday. All those who died were adults.
New York State Police said a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A around 1.55pm on Saturday.
It traveled across the intersection and into the parking lot for the Apple Barrel County Store in Schoharie, where it hit an unoccupied parked 2015 Toyota Highlander.
Alan Tavenner, the town supervisor of Schoharie, called the death toll “completely mind-boggling” in a town of 3,000.
Witnesses on Saturday described chaos, with a massive turnout of ambulances and other responders.
“I heard some screaming. It looked serious because people were running back and forth,” Bridey Finegan, of Schoharie, told WNYT NewsChannel 13 .
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Sunday morning that it is sending a “go-team” to the site of the deadly crash
An NTSB official said the crash is the deadliest incident in the country they’ve investigated since Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.