A limousine was traveling across a bridge in San Francisco on May 5 when it unexpectedly caught on fire, killing five passengers and injuring four others, according to the Chicago Tribune. One of the victims was newly married bride Neriza Fojas, 31, who was out celebrating with friends in the limo.
The driver pulled over on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge after he noticed the car caught on fire. As he pulled to the shoulder, the entire limousine became engulfed in flames and five women were trapped in the car. The driver and three women managed to exit the car. The other women attempted to exit through a window, but were unable to escape before they died.
“This is one of the most horrific things I’ve seen in 21 years with this office,” said Robert Foucrault, a San Mateo County medical examiner. “Looking at it, they were on top of each other and doing what they could to get out.”
No other vehicles were involved and the California Highway Patrol is investigating this accident.“It was almost impossible for them to get out as the fire was moving so fast,” Foucrault said.
The investigation should answer some of the many questions that may remain following this tragedy.
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