Eyewitnesses have come forward with photos showing large flames coming from the back of a limousine as it crossed the San Mateo Bridge late Saturday, killing 5 women.
NBC Bay Area published two photos Sunday showing the back of the limo engulfed in flames, with smoke coming from inside the vehicle. A California Highway Patrol spokesman told the station the "vehicle was partially engulfed" but could not confirm if there was any type of explosion inside the limo.
KTVU-TV obtained a similar photo of flames in the back of the white Lincoln Town Car.
Officials are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
A total of 10 people were inside the vehicle when the fire started, and five — including the driver — were able to escape.
Witnesses told the CHP of a horrific scene of people inside the limo not able to get out as the flames advanced, according to KGO-TV.
“We have no idea right now where they were going or where they were coming from,” CHP Officer Amelia Jack told the TV station.
According to the Associated Press:
The blaze occurred around 10 p.m. on westbound lanes of the bridge, which connects San Mateo and Alameda counties, about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.
The Highway Patrol said smoke started coming out of the rear of the limo and the driver pulled over as the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames. Officers were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which wasn't the result of an accident.
Two of the women who escaped were taken to Stanford Hospital and the two others were taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose. All four are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.
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