(San Mateo, CA) A night of fun in California turned into horror when a limousine with 10 people inside caught fire Saturday.
They were traveling along the San Mateo Bridge, going across San Francisco Bay.
Five women, including a new bride, were killed. Investigators are still trying to determine how the rear of a limousine became engulfed in smoke and flames as the vehicle traveled on the bridge between San Mateo and Hayward, Calif.
The fiery scene was captured by a cell phone late Saturday night. California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said, “It appears they were trapped inside, and they were not able to get out.”
The four other female passengers were injured. California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack said, “The driver was able to get out. Some good Samaritans did stop and assist to try to pull people from the fire.”
The woman who shot the cell phone video said she felt the intense heat from two lanes away.
Roxana Guzman recalled, “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s one car, maybe there’s people there.’ And then when we get closer, I saw people crying there.”
The owner of the limousine service says he is cooperating with police, but they haven’t told him how the fire might have started.
Kultar Singh, owner of the Limo Stop, said, “You know, I’m really shocked, my family’s pretty shocked. I’m very deeply saddened.”
The bride has been identified as 31-year-old nurse Neriza Fojas.
According to published reports, she was recently married in the U.S., but planned to return to her native Philippines for another ceremony next month.