A Boiling Springs High School graduate was among those killed in a limousine crash in New York on Saturday, according to a spokesperson for the man’s family.
Spokesperson Michael Garland said Brian Hough, a 1990 graduate of Boiling Springs High School, was one of 20 people killed when a limousine ran through a stop sign in Schoharie, New York, Saturday afternoon and collided with a parked SUV in the parking lot of a country store.
Hough's brother James told ABC27 News that Brian and his wife were in Schoharie for a wedding when the crash happened. They had just stopped at the Apple Barrel Country Store to eat when Brian and another person were hit and killed, James said.
The Albany Times Union reported that the limousine was carrying 18 passengers to a 30th birthday party at the time of the crash at the intersection of state routes 30 and 30A in Schoharie. The stretch limo drove through a stop sign at the notorious intersection and fatally struck Hough and another person in the parking lot of the country store, before slamming into an earthen embankment and killing all of the oversized vehicle's occupants.
Schoharie is located west of Albany and roughly 170 miles north of New York City.
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Brian Hough leaves behind a wife, and 9-year-old son. No word yet on any plans for funeral arrangements.
Garland said Hough was an associate professor of geology near Ithaca at the State University of New York at Oswego. He said the family has requested privacy at this time.
“They also share their well wishes and heartfelt condolences to all families affected by this tragedy and ask for prayers for all involved,” Garland said.
Information on what caused the crash has not been released yet and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, according to the Associated Press.
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The crash is the deadliest transportation accident in the United States since 2009 when an airplane crashed in New York, killing 50 people, and the deadliest land vehicle accident since 2005 when 23 people were killed when a bus carrying nursing home patients caught fire, the Associated Press reports.