New York: NTSB gets access to crash limo under court deal

Federal investigators will be able to perform a hands-on inspection of a limousine that crashed in New York state and killed 20 people within the next two weeks under a court agreement.

The agreement reached in Schoharie County court Tuesday should end a public feud between National Transportation Safety Board and the criminal prosecutor over access to the limousine that crashed Oct. 6.

Under the deal, NTSB can immediately make a visual inspection of the limousine. Then police experts will be clear to remove the limo’s transmission and torque converter. The NTSB can proceed with a hands-on inspection after that.

District Attorney Susan Mallery had argued that her criminal case against the limousine company’s operator takes precedence over the federal investigation. The NTSB said Mallery has blocked its investigators.