California limo fire kills 5 women passengers, 5 others escape

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Foster City, CA, United States (4E) – Five women trapped inside a burning limousine were killed in the San Mateo-Hayward bridge in Foster City Saturday while four other passengers and the driver of the car escaped.

The white Lincoln town car was traveling along Highway 92 when it caught fire at past 10 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The identities of the dead victims were not released by the San Mateo County coroner pending notification of their kin. The San Jose Mercury News identified the survivors as driver Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, and passengers Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Mary G. Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro.

The driver was unharmed while the women suffered smoke inhalation and burns and were taken to the Stanford Hospital and Valley Medical Center in San Jose for treatment.

CHP officer Art Montiel said the limousine was traveling from Alameda to Foster City when it caught fire. The fire led to the temporary closure of the San Mateo bridge’s westbound lanes until 1 a.m.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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