SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The mother of one of the survivors of a limousine fire that killed five women when it burst into flames as it traveled over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge says the women were heading to a bachelorette party, and that bride-to-be was one of the people killed.
Rosita Guardiano told the San Francisco Chronicle that her daughter - 42-year-old Mary Grace Guardiano of Alameda - is in intensive care, where she's being treated for smoke inhalation.
Rosita Guardiano told the newspaper that the woman for whom the bridal shower was being thrown was to be married next month.
The name of the bride-to-be - or of the other four women killed - has not been released by officials.
The limo was carrying the nine women when caught on fire around 10 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities say the five women who died were trapped inside. The driver was the only person who escaped unhurt.
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they won't be releasing until Monday the names of five women killed after a limousine burst into flames as it traveled over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.
The limo was carrying nine passengers - all women - when it burst into flames around 10 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the five women who died were trapped inside, while four others and the driver, managed to escape.
San Mateo County Supervising Deputy Coroner Michelle Rippy says autopsies are being conducted to determine the exact causes of death of the five who were not able to make it out of the burning limo.
All five were pronounced dead at the scene.
The four women who escaped were taken to area hospitals where they were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
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A limousine traveling on a major bridge in the San Francisco area burst into flames, killing five female passengers who were trapped inside and injuring four others who escaped, authorities said Sunday.
The limo was carrying nine female passengers and a male driver when it caught fire late Saturday on the San Mateo bridge, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told The Associated Press.
Five occupants became trapped, while four others suffered injuries but managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the bridge, the patrol said. The driver escaped uninjured.
Montiel said that the victims were all in their 30s. Authorities said the names of the dead would be released once families have been notified.
The blaze occurred around 10 p.m. on westbound lanes of the bridge, which connects San Mateo and Alameda counties, about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.
The patrol said that smoke started coming out of the rear of the limo, and the driver pulled over as the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames. Officers were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which wasn't the result of an accident.
"We have no idea right now where they were going or where they were coming from," CHP officer Amelia Jack told KGO-TV.
Two of the women who escaped were taken to Stanford Hospital and the two others were taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose. All four are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
The westbound lanes of the bridge were closed as officers investigated the cause of the deadly fire, but the patrol said one lane of traffic reopened early Sunday.