Two pairs of newly weds, four sisters from one family and two brothers from another were among the 20 victims when a limousine taking passengers to a surprise birthday party crashed in upstate, New York.
Federal authorities described Saturday’s accident as the deadliest U.S. transport crash in nearly a decade.
Officials had not released the victims’ names as of early Monday, but some of the names and details were disclosed by media accounts from relatives and Go Fund Me pages on the internet.
The limo charged through a highway intersection without stopping on Saturday afternoon, in Schoharie, New York, about 40 miles (65 km) west of Albany, police and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.
It crashed into an unoccupied parked car and hit two pedestrians before coming to a rest in a shallow ravine, officials said.
The limo driver, all 17 passengers and the two pedestrians died, state police and the NTSB said.