New York limo crash victim said car was in 'terrible condition' before deadly crash: report

One of the victims killed in Upstate New York's deadly limousine crash on Sunday allegedly texted her cousin to say the vehicle was in "terrible condition."

Valerie Abeling, the aunt of victim Erin McGowan, who died along with her new husband, Shane McGowan, said that Erin sent her daughter a message complaining about the car's state just 20 minutes before the crash.

“The vehicle appeared in terrible condition,” Abeling told The Washington Post, remembering a text sent by Erin. 

The group, on their way to a 30th birthday party at a brewery in Cooperstown, New York, were supposed to take a bus to the party, but that car had broken down en route to the event, the Post reported. So the limo was sent as a replacement. 

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20 killed after limousine crash in upstate New York
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Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners line the length of the Gateway Overlook Bridge during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Recovery crews remove debris from the scene of a fatal crash, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, where a limousine crashed into a parked and unoccupied SUV killing 20 people at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A man, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Barbara Douglas of Danamora, N.Y., reacts while talking about her four family members who died in Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Family members sign a banner in memory of their loved ones during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (WTEN via AP)
Friends of victims who died in Saturday's fatal limousine crash comfort each other after placing flowers at the intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
A woman kneels after placing flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A New York state trooper and a member of the National Transportation Safety Board view the scene of Saturday's fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
All 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians were killed.

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In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, a limousine, left, has landed in the woods following a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Family members, who were seated in the first row, mourn during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: People mourn at the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
In this Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 photo, a body is draped under a blanket at the scene of a fatal crash in Schoharie, N.Y. (Tom Heffernan Sr. via AP)
Flowers are placed at a roadside memorial at the scene of Saturday's fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
A family member, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Debris scatters an area Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the site of yesterday's fatal crash Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Members of the National Transportation Safety Board work at the scene of yesterday's fatal crash, in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
People place flowers, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at the scene where 20 people died as the result of a limousine crashing into a parked and unoccupied SUV at an intersection a day earlier, in Schoharie, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners gather during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SCHOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: A sign outside of the site of the fatal limousine crash gives information about a vigil, October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
State police say 20 people died in a crash in upstate New York that local officials say involved a limousine near a crowded tourist spot.
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
Barbara Douglas, of Danamora, N.Y., talks to reporters about her four family members who died in Saturday's fatal limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Friends of victims that died in a fatal limousine crash comfort each other after placing flowers at the intersection in Schoharie, N.Y., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. A limousine loaded with revelers headed to a 30th birthday party blew a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into an SUV parked outside a store, killing all people in the limo and a few pedestrians, officials and relatives of the victims said Sunday. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Mourners gather on the Gateway Overlook Bridge during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
State Troopers keep the area secure at the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
State Troopers keep the area secure at the Apple Barrel Cafe and the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
A family member, who asked not to be identified, mourns during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Jill Richardson Perez (C), mother of Matt Coons, mourns the loss of her son with her husband Peter Perez (L), (not the father of Matt Coons), and daughter Ashley Coons (R), sister of Matt Coons, during a candlelight vigil for the victims of a limousine accident in upstate New York, in Amsterdam, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. Joining her are . REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
Mourners pay their respects by a makeshift memorial of flowers that lie at the scene of Saturday's limousine accident in Upstate New York, in Schoharie, New York, U.S., October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Cindy Schultz
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: State troopers guard the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCOHARIE, NY - OCTOBER 08: People mourn at the site of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Schoharie, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
SCHENECTADY, NY - OCTOBER 08: State Police hold a news conference about the fatal limousine crash in Schoharie on October 8, 2018 in Schenectady, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NY - OCTOBER 08: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the fatal limousine crash on October 8, 2018 in Amsterdam, New York. 20 people died in the crash including the driver of the limo, 17 passengers, and two pedestrians. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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Twenty people, including all 18 in the limo and two pedestrians, were killed after the car apparently blew through a stop sign and hit a parked SUV outside a crowded store Sunday afternoon. The limo is estimated to have been going above 60 mph, according to witnesses.

The crash "sounded like an explosion," witness Linda Riley, who was shopping with her sisters, told The Associated Press. The incident is the U.S.'s deadliest transportation accident since a 2009 plane crash that killed 50. 

Family members are devastated. “These were friends just starting their lives, getting married and this is how it ended,” Abeling told the Post.

“It’s a tragic loss of beautiful souls.”

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Victims of the fatal New York limo crash
 Amy and Axel Steenburg

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In this undated photo provided by Karina Halse, her sister Amanda Halse and boyfriend Patrick Cushing pose for a photo. The two were killed when a limousine they were riding in crashed Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Schoharie, N.Y. (Courtesy of Karina Halse via AP)

Rob and Mary Dyson

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This April 19, 2018, photo provided by Living Resources Corporation shows Amanda Rivenburg. Rivenburg was killed when a limousine she was riding in crashed Saturday, Oct. 6, in Schoharie, N.Y.

(Cathi Butryn/Living Resources Corporation via AP)

Adam Jackson and Abby King Jackson

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Rich Steenburg

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Erin and Shane McGowan

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