US transportation board to probe some limousine crashes in wake of fatal wreck that killed 4

Markets Associated Press

The National Transportation Safety Board has agreed to investigate some limousine accidents, something it has rarely done in the past.

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The announcement follows July's crash in Long Island, New York's wine country, when a pickup truck smashed into a limousine carrying eight friends, killing four women.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss says the federal agency will investigate limousine crashes on a case-by-case basis. He noted the agency recently issued a report on the 2014 crash in New Jersey that injured comedian Tracy Morgan.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer says the decision resulted from a letter he sent to the NTSB. He says some limousines are taken to body shops and stretched — creating possible safety hazards.

The NTSB is not currently investigating the Long Island crash, which happened while the limo was making a U-turn in Cutchogue (KUHT'-chawg).