Family have identified husband and wife Erin and Shane McGowan, who were married in June, among the dead.
"She was a lovely, sweet soul; he was too", Abeling said.
A LIMOUSINE crash in the town of Schoharie in New York State has claimed the lives of 20 people.
A two-vehicle collision involving a limousine has left 20 dead in upstate NY, police said on Sunday. Two pedestrians who were struck also lost their lives.
Witness told NBC affiliate WNYTthat one of the cars involved in the crash was a limousine carrying a group of people.
"This is the most deadly transportation accident in the country since February of 2009", he added - referring to the Colgan Air Flight crash from New Jersey to NY, which killed 49.
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a deadly crash in Schoharie, N.Y on October 6, 2018.
She says she got out and saw a body on the ground by her vehicle, and broken tree branches everywhere.
Reports did not initially clarify how many victims, if any, were among the limo occupants or how many were bystanders in the Apple Barrel parking lot or otherwise unrelated to the limo.
Schoharie is about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City.
She said she did not see the people inside the limousine and she could not describe the make or model of the other vehicle involved because it was "a mess".
The vehicle was an after-market stretch limousine, according to an official briefed on the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. Eighteen of those killed were in the limousine, and two victims were bystanders.
There, a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine traveling southwest on State Route 30 "failed to stop" at an intersection with State Route 30A and flew into the parking lot of the nearby Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe, authorities said.
Dark clouds hovered over the scene Sunday afternoon, quiet save for the gentle stream running through the ditch. In an email to The Associated Press, she complained that the junction where the crashed occurred is accident-prone.
Twenty people were killed when a stretch limousine crashed into another vehicle and pedestrians in the parking lot of a store in rural upstate NY, in what federal authorities on Sunday called the deadliest US transport crash in almost a decade.