Boiling Springs grad among those killed in New York limousine crash

Boiling Springs grad among those killed in New York limousine crash
SUNY Oswego professor among 20 victims in limo crash
OSWEGO, NY – Brian Hough, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Oswego, is one of the two pedestrians killed in Saturdays horrific accident in Schoharie County.

Wayne Westervelt, a spokesman for the college, said the college is “still awaiting official confirmation from New York State Police.”

“The SUNY Oswego 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. At this time, the college is still awaiting official confirmation from New York State Police on any connection to the deadly limo crash that occurred this weekend in Schoharie, New York.

Family members posted on Facebook that Hough and a relative, Houghs father-in-law, were the two pedestrians killed when the limousine barreled down the hill Saturday and into the Apple Barrel County Store parking lot.

Boiling Spring native was one of two pedestrian victims in NY limo crash

Twenty people were killed in the accident, which authorities have said is the nations worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade.

Katie Kent, who said she is Houghs aunt, said in a social media post her nephew was an accomplished professor, amazing husband and dad.

Hough was a visiting professor at Oswego in 2016. He taught courses in oceanography, paleontology, historical geology and stratigraphy.

Brian Hough was one of two pedestrians who was struck by the limousine when it went through a stop sign at the end of a highway in Schoharie County New York Saturday, hitting a parked SUV and two pedestrians.

“In a short time, Brian became a major part of our campus family, said Deborah F. Stanley, SUNY Oswego president. “He was a dedicated faculty member who inspired his students to learn and understand at a deeper level, and whose contributions were often sought by his colleagues.

A former Boiling Springs man is one of 20 people killed in a limousine crash in upstate New York Saturday night, according to reports from his family and the State University of New York at Oswego.

Hough earned his PhD from the University of Rochester, and specialized in the interactions of tectonics and climate and paleoelevation.

Katie Kent, Houghs aunt, announced his death on her Facebook page, with a a link to media coverage of the crash. The family, she said, was “absolutely devastated” at the loss of her nephew.

Counseling will be available at the college from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. this week in 113 Walker Health Center.

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

The crash occurred at about 2 p.m. Saturday in Schoharie, about 35 miles west of Albany. A limousine carrying 17 people on their way to celebrate a 30th birthday blew through a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store. The driver, 17 passengers and two pedestrians were killed.

“He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester, masters degree from Idaho State University, and bachelors degree from Old Dominion University.

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the limousine wasnt properly licensed and failed a state safety inspection just last month.

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.

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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