Bride, 4 Others Killed When Limo Bursts Into Flames
Women died trapped in limo on San Mateo bridge
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff | Suggested by GeorgeL
Posted May 5, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Updated May 6, 2013 12:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – A newlywed bride and four of her friends were killed in California on Saturday when the limo they were riding to a bridal shower burst into flames on the San Mateo Bridge, trapping them inside. Four other women and the driver escaped the burning car and survived, but two are still in critical condition in hospital, the San Jose Mercury News reports. It is still not clear what caused the 1999 Lincoln Town Car to catch fire, but the rental company says it is cooperating with authorities.

For unknown reasons, the five women had been unable to escape through the rear doors, and they died as they tried to squeeze through a small window into the driver's compartment, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "This is one of the most horrific things I've seen in 21 years with this office," San Mateo County's medical examiner says. "Looking at it, they were on top of each other and doing what they could to get out." All the victims were nurses. The bride, 31-year-old Neriza Tojas, had been planning to repeat her wedding vows in her native Philippines next month, family members say.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Bride, 4 Others Killed in Limo Fire is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 94 comments
May 6, 2013 1:36 PM CDT
bmoc's comments are heartless. And just plain nutty. Taking a look at his profile shows he needs to get a life. It appears he has nothing to do all day except make dumb comments all over Newser's website!
May 6, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
Now 0bama blames the US for all of the violence and killing in Mexico. He blames the US for its demand for drugs and for shipping guns to Mexico. Of course, he shuts his eyes to several states decriminalizing drug possession (with his approval) and his own Operation Fast and Furious (which sent thousands of weapons to the Mexican cartels). He is such a hypocrite!! Next he'll probably say these deaths were intentional and a hate crime. He hates America so much!
May 6, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
Interesting, all these rushes to judgement.