Monday, 6 May 2013

Bride killed limo fire: Bride-to-be, four others killed in limo fire

Bride killed limo fire: Bride-to-be, four others killed in limo fire, A night of fun turned tragic Saturday when a limousine taking nine women to a bachelorette party erupted in flames, killing five of the passengers, including the bride-to-be, according to The San Franciso Chronicle on May 5.

The limo caught fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the 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 bridge, one of the busiest bridges in California, linking San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. No other drivers were hurt in the fire.

Rosita Guardiano told the San Francisco Chronicle that the women were on their way to a bachelorette party. The bride-to-be was to be married next month. Guardiano’s daughter was one of the survivors.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, which quickly overtook the 1999 Lincoln Town Car, owned by Limo Stop limousine service. Patrol said the white stretch limo became engulfed in flames after smoke started coming out of the rear of the vehicle.

Aerial video shot after the incident showed about one-third of the back half of the limousine had been destroyed by the fire.

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

"Four people got out, as far as what was going on inside, I don't know," CHP officer Jeremy Lofstrom said Sunday.

All five women were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the women who died were not released.

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 were Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro. All were taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns, the patrol said.

Desguia and Loyola were listed in critical condition, said Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for Valley Medical Center. The condition of Arrellano, who was taken to another hospital, was not known.

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