Here's some terrible news to start off your Monday morning: a bride and four of her friends were killed in a limo fire this weekend near San Francisco. Nine women, all nurses, were gathered for Neriza Foja's bridal shower and bachelorette party, and had rented a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine to escort them around town. Then, at around 10 p.m. as they crossed the San Mateo bridge, an unexplained fire engulfed the car.
The driver pulled over and he and four of the women were able to escape through the front windows and doors. The five other women who were seated farther back in the car, including the 31-year-old bride Fajos, couldn't get the doors to open. They apparently clamored to try and get out through the retractable window between the driver and the passenger area, but there was no time.
The five women were found huddled on top of each other next to the window, burned to death.
The San Mateo County's medical examiner told SFGate:
This is one of the most horrific things I've seen in 21 years with this office. Looking at it, they were on top of each other and doing what they could to get out.
Jesus god. It sounds like Pompeii.
As of now, the cause of the fire is unknown. For the sake of the victims and the survivors, I hope they find out the reason for the blaze and that it provides even the tiniest bit of closure.
The fire would've been tragic under any circumstances, but the fact that it was supposed to be such a fun, light-hearted, celebratory event makes the news even more horrifying.
The survivors were taken to the hospital and all are expected to be OK.
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