10 Elderly Women Escape Calif. Limo Fire

Most were in their 90s, used walkers, canes to flee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2013 12:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say 10 elderly women escaped unharmed when the limousine they were in burst into flames while idling in Northern California. The fire yesterday morning comes a little more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. Fire officials say they were called to a gated community in Walnut Creek around 11:35am local time yesterday for a vehicle fire and quickly put out the burning 2009 Lincoln Town Car.

All but two of the women are in their 90s. They were apparently headed to Sonoma to celebrate a friend's 96th birthday. Passenger Mary Chapman told KGO-TV she and two other women got out and helped others escape. She says the other passengers were dependent on walkers and canes. (Read more Lincoln Town Car stories.)

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