H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

May 6, 2013 3:54 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

5 women die in limo fire on Calif. bridge


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A coroner investigating the deaths of five women killed in a limousine fire as they were heading to a bachelorette party says their badly-burned bodies were found near the partition that separates the driver from the passengers.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says that suggests the women tried to use the window opening to escape the fast-moving fire that began in the back of the limo.

Four other women got out of the limousine after the driver stopped on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night. Foucrault said passersby helped three women get out of a rear door, and a fourth woman managed to squeeze through the partition.

The driver was not injured.

Foucrault said the women were heading to a hotel to celebrate the recent wedding of a woman who died in the fire.

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