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Digging Deeper: Federal agencies join investigation into fatal limo crash

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One week after a Monona woman was killed and six others hurt in a limousine crash, Illinois State Police say federal traffic and safety officials have joined the investigation.

 "It's a difficult situation," Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Jason Bradley says closure won't come soon for Terri Schmidt's family or anyone else in the 12 passenger 1998 Lincoln Towncar.

Master Sergeant Bradley says the driver didn't carry a commercial license and he may have needed it.

 "He was traveling in excess of 100 air miles from his starting point in Wisconsin to his final destination at O'Hare airport and was also crossing state lines, which makes him involved in interstate commerce," Master Sergeant Bradley said.

That's not the only red flag.  Lyons Limousine Service stopped reporting insurance to federal motor carrier officials in 2013.

"This just doesn't make sense that the driver was only 20 years old going across state lines," Wisconsin Limo Association President Mike Hartmann said.  He believes the 20-year-old driver was likely uninsurable.

"No reputable company would insure a driver that's under 25 years of age,"Hartmann said.

Wisconsin State Police say any 8 passenger commercial vehicle must carry between $700,000 and $1.5 million as the minimum coverage requirement, without the company could be shut down.

Lyons Limousines did not reply to our requests for comment.  Their Facebook page shows the company is currently closed.

Master Sergeant Bradley says a joint federal audit could take at least a month.

"It take time to go through," he said. 

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