SAN MATEO BRIDGE — The California Highway Patrol is investigating what led to a fire in a limousine that killed five women and injured four others Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, an officer said Sunday.
Officers responded to a report of a fire that broke out in a white Lincoln town car limo at about 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92 at the bridge’s decline, just east of Foster City, Officer Art Montiel said.
Upon noticing the fire, the driver of the limo stopped the car and got out, and was uninjured, Montiel said.
There were nine passengers in the limo, Montiel said.
Five of the passengers died in the fire, and four others were transported to hospitals – two to Valley Medical Center, two to Stanford Hospital and Clinics – to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns, he said.
Montiel said all the passengers in the limo were women in their 30s who were going from Alameda to Foster City. It is unknown where in Foster City they were going, he said.
None of the deceased women have been identified, Montiel said.
The cause of the fire, and where it originated, is unknown, he said, but the limo was the only car involved in the fire.
A Sig-alert was issued at 10:28 p.m. Saturday when the CHP closed all westbound lanes, Montiel said. All lanes were closed for about 45 minutes, he said.
As of 1:40 a.m., the fast lane in the westbound direction was reopened. The two right lanes are expected to remain closed until around 4 a.m., Montiel said.
Drivers are urged to avoid the area. The CHP is advising drivers to take the Dumbarton Bridge on state Highway 84 as an alternate route.
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