A spokesperson for Congressman Paul Tonko has corrected a statement sent out yesterday regarding the deadly Schoharie limousine crash.
That spokesperson first told Spectrum News the NTSB and the Schoharie County DA's office had reached an agreement.
This would have given the NTSB the ability to use one furloughed employee to access the limo, and investigate what caused the crash that killed 20 people back in October.
The spokesperson for Congressman Tonko later sent us an email saying the NTSB is not calling that agreement final. The spokesperson blamed the confusion on the government shutdown.
The NTSB previously said it had not received proper access to the limousine in the Schoharie crash, which would help advance its own investigation.
The limo is still being housed at State Police Troop G Headquarters in Latham. Troopers tell Spectrum News the vehicle was taken there immediately after it was recovered from the crash scene.
State Police explained the move Friday saying their HQ is a secure facility with 24 hour surveillance, and other vehicles that are considered evidence are currently being stored at the facility as well.
Troopers say they took immediate action to have the vehicle enclosed in a commercial grade tent, but are now anticipating a new structure to be built to house the limousine.
However, there's no word yet on what the structure would be, or when it would be built.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still awaiting access to the limo, to advance its own investigation.
An agreement with the Schoharie County DA to get that access is not yet finalized.