SAN MATEO, Calif. - The mother of one of the survivors of a limousine fire that killed five women when it burst into flames as it traveled over a busy San Francisco Bay bridge says the women were heading to a bachelorette party.
Rosita Guardiano tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the bride-to-be was one of the people killed in the Saturday night fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. She says the woman was to be married next month.
The limo was carrying nine women when it caught on fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the five women who died were trapped inside. The driver was the only person who escaped unhurt.
The California Highway 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.
Guardiano says her daughter -- 42-year-old Mary Grace Guardiano of Alameda -- is in intensive care, where she's being treated for smoke inhalation. Three other woman also suffered smoke inhalation and burns.