Horrific doesn’t begin to explain what happened on the San Mateo Bridge Saturday night.
A stretch limo carrying 10 passengers caught fire, killing five people and injuring four others. The injured were rushed to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto and Valley Medical Center in San Jose, according to CHP Officer Amelia Jack.
Jack said that one of the injured has serious burns while the other three suffered smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
All westbound lanes were closed for more than an hour after the fire.
The first call reached the CHP at 10:09 p.m. followed by a flurry of calls reporting the passenger section of the limo engulfed in flames. The bridge reopened to traffic just before 1 a.m.
Initial media reports indicated that teens attending prom were in the vehicle, but the CHP later reported that the limo’s occupants were all women in their 30s who were traveling from Alameda to Foster City.
No identities have been released.