Schoharie Limousine Tragedy — Shocking Revelations about Mavis Tires

A few days ago, as a retired traffic patrol police officer who has investigated many serious and fatal crashes, I decided to take a closer look at the scene of the tragic limousine crash at Schoharie, NY.

This is the first of the hill warning signs.  It clearly has had warning flags attached above it at some stage, to draw more attention to it, but these have long-since fallen apart.  (Copyright image, 2019.)

In particular, I was curious about the hill on which the limousine — with reportedly defective brakes — ran away, out of control.

In a very gentle way, the downhill slope starts as this road (Route 30) crosses over Interstate 88, over a mile from the scene of the eventual crash, but after 200-300 yards the descent gets steeper.

Still on the very gentle section of downhill gradient, the second warning sign now also shows a duration of one mile, and also the point at which the hill gets steeper is clearly visible; both of these aspects being important information.  (Copyright image, 2019.)

Of key interest to me were both the number and positioning of any traffic signs warning of the long descent, and of any possible ‘escape’ areas where a runaway vehicle might have been steered into, say, a field, to obtain a potentially less-dangerous stop.

Looking roughly west down the main descent on Route 30 towards the crash scene.  (Interstate 88 is visible, top right.) The final traffic sign warning of the hill down is at the far end of the visible road — far too late to be anything other than a reminder that one is already going downhill. (Copyright image, 2019.)

Bearing in mind that it is now a year since the fateful crash occurred, with the loss of twenty lives, I have no way of knowing whether, for example, the number of warning signs has changed since then, so this was just an issue for my professional curiosity.

The final warning sign, but it would appear very likely indeed that by this stage the limousine was going far too fast and out of control.  (Copyright image, 2019.)

However, just today — October 9, 2019 — it has been reported in the media that Mavis Tires charged for brake repairs to the doomed limousine while failing in any way to carry out those repairs.  The landscape may be changing as to who or what is most to blame for this outrage.


Also see:

>> The Limousine Tragedy at Schoharie, NY — Memorial Unveiled
>> NTSB Calls for National Safety Standards for Limousines

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