5 dead as limo catches fire on San Francisco bridge

May 6, 2013 04:06

A stretch limousine carrying nine women caught fire while crossing a bridge over the San Francisco Bay on Saturday night, killing five of the passengers and injuring four others, police said on Sunday.

The four surviving passengers were taken to local hospitals suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, according to a California Highway Patrol accident report.Hospital representatives declined to release information on the condition of the women, but the San Jose Mercury News reported that two of them were listed in critical condition.

The driver of the white Lincoln Towncar limousine was not injured in the incident on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, which spans the San Francisco Bay.

A CHP spokesman said he could not confirm a report in the Mercury News that the women were part of a bridal shower and that the bride was among the deceased.

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