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Deadly Bachelorette Party Limo Fire

limofire1A stretch limousine caught fire as it traveled across the San Francisco Bay along the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, turning a celebratory bachelorette party deadly.



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SAN MATEO, Calif. — Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of a deadly limousine fire as the coroner released the names of those who died.


Cell phone video captured the limousine on fire.

Nine passengers were traveling in the Lincoln as it headed across the San Francisco Bay along the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Saturday night.

The women were on their way to a wedding celebration when the limo became engulfed in flames.

Only four women made it out alive.

The bride, 31-year-old Neriza Fojas, was among the dead.

The other fatalities were: Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; and Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda.

“To watch this long limousine just engulf in flames. It was just a nightmare,” Ricky Brown, the driver of that vehicle, told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Monday.

He was uninjured.

The limousine showed no sign of problems before it caught fire, Brown said.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (CNN) — The white stretch Lincoln was headed across San Francisco Bay, carrying the bride-to-be and eight of her friends for a bachelorette party.

Five of them, including the bride, never made it across.

Somewhere on the seven-mile San Mateo-Hayward bridge, the limousine caught fire. The driver and four members of the bachelorette party got out, but the bride — identified by a relative as 31-year-old Neriza Fojas — and four others died in the burning limo Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

“The flames were gigantic,” said Roxanne Guzman, who was crossing the bridge with her husband and brother about 10 p.m. Saturday (1 a.m. Sunday ET). “The flames were so big and radiating so much heat that I could feel the heat off of my face, and I was in my car the entire time.”

Guzman said the survivors appeared to be in a state of shock on the shoulder of the roadway, with three of them crying. Other passersby had stopped, but police and firefighters hadn’t arrived yet, she said.

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