5 women dead, 4 injured after limousine for bachelorette party burst into flames near San Francisco

SAN MATEO, Calif. - A bride-to-be was among five women who died during a bachelorette party when their limousine burst into flames late Saturday in California, according to local media.

Four more were injured in the fire on a San Francisco-area bridge, the Silicon Valley Mercury News reported Sunday.

The limo was carrying nine female passengers and a male driver when it caught fire on the San Mateo bridge, California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel told The Associated Press.

Five occupants became trapped, while four others suffered injuries but managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the bridge, the patrol said. The driver escaped uninjured.

All five trapped women were pronounced dead at the scene.

San Mateo County Supervising Deputy Coroner Michelle Rippy says autopsies are being conducted to determine the exact causes of death of the five who were not able to make it out of the burning limo.

Authorities say they won't be releasing until Monday the names of five women killed after a limousine burst into flames as it traveled over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

Montiel said that the victims were all in their 30s. Authorities said the names of the dead would be released once families have been notified.

The four women who escaped were taken to area hospitals where they were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

The blaze occurred around 10 p.m. on westbound lanes of the bridge, which connects San Mateo and Alameda counties, about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco.

The patrol said that smoke started coming out of the rear of the limo, and the driver pulled over as the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames. Officers were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which wasn't the result of an accident.

Two of the women who escaped were taken to Stanford Hospital and the two others were taken to Valley Medical Center in San Jose. All four are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

The westbound lanes of the bridge were closed as officers investigated the cause of the deadly fire, but the patrol said one lane of traffic reopened early Sunday.

The victims' names won't likely be released until Monday at the earliest because authorities need dental records to confirm the identities of the severely burned women.

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