Wed. 12:30 p.m.: State police arrest limousine company operator
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Police say that the operator of a limousine company involved in a deadly crash has been arrested.
A press release from the state police says Nauman Hussain was taken into custody following a traffic stop on a highway near Albany.
No further details were released on the charges, and it was unclear whether the arrest was related to the crash investigation.
A phone call to Hussain’s lawyer was not immediately returned.
Saturday’s limo crash in rural Schoharie killed 20 people.
State officials say the limo involved in the wreck failed an inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road.
The limo company had said problems with the vehicle had been corrected.
The driver of a limousine had been stopped in August by a state trooper in the same vehicle and told he lacked the proper license to drive the limousine.
State police said today that a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine operated by Prestige Limousine and driven by Scott Lisinicchia was stopped by troopers on Aug. 25 in Saratoga Springs.
Lisinicchia was among 20 people killed in the same limousine on Saturday after it ran through a stop sign in rural Schoharie.
Police say the trooper issued violations, advised that Lisinicchia could not operate the vehicle and “took steps to ensure that the vehicle was taken off the road.”
The incident was originally reported by the Times Union of Albany.