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Patrol: 5 die in limousine fire on Calif. bridge

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 05, 2013 May 5, 2013 Sunday, May 05 2013 May 05, 2013 10:45 AM in News
By: Assopciated Press

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Authorities say five people were killed and five others survived after a limousine caught on fire on a San Francisco Bay area bridge late Saturday night.

California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack tells KGO-TV that five victims who were trapped in the burning limousine died. Five other occupants escaped.

KGO reports that the victims were all women in their 30s. They were traveling on the San Mateo bridge when smoke came from in the back of the limousine. The driver pulled over and the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames.

Of the survivors, Jack said three suffered smoke inhalation and one had severe burns. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Several lanes of the bridge were closed as officers investigated the cause of the deadly fire, but the patrol says one lane of traffic reopened early Sunday.

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