Judge seeks to end standoff over NTSB access to crashed limo

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal safety inspectors are going to court to remove a roadblock in their investigation of a limousine crash that killed 20 people nearly four months ago.

Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett will hear arguments Tuesday over National Transportation Safety Board access to the limousine that crashed Oct. 6 in rural Schoharie.

County District Attorney Susan Mallery asserts her criminal case against the limousine company’s operator takes precedence over the federal investigation. The NTSB says Mallery has blocked its investigators from getting with 15 feet (4.5 meters) of the wreckage.

Bartlett scheduled a court hearing to hash out an agreement, saying “This standoff must come to an end.”

If an agreement isn’t reached, the judge says he’ll make a decision allowing federal access.

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