UPDATE: Hospital: 2 nurses among limo fire victims

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials at a Fresno, Calif., hospital say two of its nurses were among the five people killed when a limousine burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge over the weekend.

A statement from Community Regional Medical Center says Neriza Fojas and Michelle Estrera were killed when the limo caught fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night.

Hospital officials say both nurses worked on a trauma medical/surgical floor at the hospital.

Relatives had previously told the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News that the 31-year-old Fojas was one of the women killed in the fire, and that she had recently wed and was planning to travel to her native Philippines to hold another ceremony.

An official at the San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Monday that the names of the dead probably would not be released until Tuesday.

Original Story
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Investigators trying to determine why the back of a stretch limousine burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge, trapping and killing five women inside, say the vehicle was carrying too many passengers.

California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said at a news conference on Monday that the vehicle was listed by the state Public Utilities Commission for eight or fewer passengers, but had nine. He did not comment on whether the overcrowding may have been a factor in the women's deaths.

Maskarich said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

The vehicle went up in flames on Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge during a girls' night out. The driver and four of the women were able to escape.

A newlywed bride was among the victims.


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