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SUNY Oswego professor among 20 people killed in limo crash

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - One of the 20 victims in the limousine crash over the weekend is a SUNY Oswego professor.

Michael Garland, a spokesperson for the family, tells NewsChannel 9 that geology professor Brian Hough was one of two people killed outside the limo that crashed in Schoharie on Saturday afternoon. 

He was not a passenger in the limo. Eighteen others inside the limo, including the driver, were killed. 

Hough first started as a visiting professor at SUNY Oswego in 2016 before becoming a full time assistant professor in the geology department, the school tells NewsChannel 9.

SUNY Oswego issued the following statement:

The campus community is deeply saddened by the death of Brian Hough, an assistant professor of geology, who passed away as a result of an accident on Saturday.

A valued colleague and dedicated teacher, he first arrived on campus in 2016 as a visiting professor. Hough was a scholar who specialized in the interactions of tectonics and climate and paleoelevation. He taught courses in stratigraphy, oceanography, historical geology, and paleontology.

He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester, master's degree from Idaho State University, and bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University.

“In a short time, Brian became a major part of our campus family,” said President Deborah F. Stanley. “He was a dedicated faculty member who inspired his students to learn and understand at a deep level, and whose contributions were often sought by his colleagues. He will be missed and remembered fondly by all, always.”

Our condolences go out to Brian’s family, friends, colleagues and his students during this difficult time. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

According to the Governor's Office, the driver involved in the crash that killed 20 people did not have the appropriate driver's license to operate that vehicle.

On Sunday, the 2001 Ford Excursion limousine was traveling southwest on Route 30 in Schoharie, just over 40 miles west of Albany, when it failed to stop at a T-junction with state Route 30A, State Police said.

It went across the road and hit an unoccupied SUV parked at the Apple Barrel Country Store and two pedestrians.

The limo was inspected by the New York State DMV last month and it failed-- it was not supposed to be on the road.

On behalf of the Hough family, Garland said: “They also share their well wishes and heartfelt condolences to all families affected by this tragedy and ask for prayers for all involved."

Counseling Services will be available this week from 9 a.m. – noon, and 1-3:30 p.m., in 113 Walker Health Center.

The regularly scheduled Let's Talk sessions (drop-in counseling) will also be held on Monday evening in the Lakeside Resource Room from 3-4 p.m., Seneca Hall from 4-5:30 p.m., Cayuga Hall from 5:30-7 p.m., and the Village from 7-8:30 p.m.  



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