Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Five die in US limousine blaze

Firefighters and highway patrol personnel investigate the scene of a limousine fire (AP/Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska)

Five people were killed and five others survived after a limousine caught fire on a San Francisco Bay area bridge.

California highway patrol officer Amelia Jack said that five victims who were trapped in the burning limousine died. Five other occupants escaped.

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

Of the survivors, Ms 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.

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