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Patrol: 5 women die in limo fire on Calif. bridge

Posted by on May. 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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Posted: May 05, 2013 2:49 PM EDTUpdated: May 05, 2013 9:55 PM EDT

San Mateo County firefighters and California Highway Patrol personnel investigate the scene of a limousine fire on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City, Calif., on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

San Mateo County firefighters and California Highway Patrol personnel investigate the scene of a limousine fire on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City, Calif., on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, authorities and the mother of one of the survivors said Sunday.

The limo caught fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday on one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told The Associated Press.

Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, the patrol said.

Rosita Guardiano told the San Francisco Chronicle that the woman for whom the bachelorette party was being thrown was to be married next month. Guardiano said her daughter was one of the survivors.

Investigators haven't determined what sparked the fire, but the patrol said the white stretch limo became engulfed in flames after smoke started coming out of the rear of the vehicle.

A photo taken by a witness and broadcast on KTVU-TV showed flames shooting from the back.

Aerial video shot after the incident showed about one-third of the back half of the limousine had been scorched by the fire. Its taillights and bumper were gone and it appeared to be resting on its rims, but the remainder of the vehicle didn't appear to be damaged.

The driver of the limo — 46-year-old Orville Brown of San Jose — was the only person to escape unhurt.

It wasn't clear if any other drivers on the bridge stopped and tried to help those get out, or how the driver managed to escape without injury.

All five women were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were being conducted, San Mateo County Supervising Deputy Coroner Michelle Rippy said.

The company that operated the limo was identified as Limo Stop, which offers service through limousines, vans and SUVS.

A telephone message left at the company seeking comment by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned. Attempts to reach the driver were also unsuccessful.

Guardiano said her daughter — 42-year-old Mary Grace Guardiano of Alameda — was being treated for smoke inhalation.

The three other women who escaped the fire, Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro, were taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns, the patrol said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Oh my.

How incredibly awful.

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on May. 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Damn.
Goodwoman614
by Satan on May. 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM



Quoting FromAtoZ:

Oh my.

How incredibly awful.


Just tragic.

Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on May. 5, 2013 at 11:43 PM

How tragic!

My Dad was a mechanic and worked on some limos from time to time.  Drivers would tell him about how women would be in the back smoking while another did her hair, sprayed perfume, etc.  It would cross over the lit cigarette and there would be a small fire.  Most of them were trying to work to ban smoking in the limos.  My Dad helped replace more than one burnt seat.  :(

Sisteract
by Whoopie on May. 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Terrible story.

mmtosam06
by Bronze Member on May. 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM
:'(
jllcali
by Jane on May. 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Horrible
survivorinohio
by René on May. 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

:(

free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on May. 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM

 My!  Terrible story.

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Tapping my fingers waiting for the rest of this story..........

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