SAN FRANCISCO - A newlywed bride was celebrating a night out with friends when the limousine they were in erupted in flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge, killing the bride and four other women who were trapped inside and injuring four who escaped.
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The driver, who was not hurt, told investigators he was driving the women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night when one of them complained of smoke inside the passenger compartment.
San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says the driver pulled over, got out, and saw the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car fully engulfed in flames.
By the time firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the fire, authorities found five badly burned bodies huddled near the partition that separates the driver from the passengers. Foucrault says other motorists helped three women get out of the rear right door, and a fourth woman managed to squeeze through the partition.
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Relatives told the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News that one of the dead was 31-year-old Neriza Fojas, a registered nurse from Fresno who recently wed and was planning to travel to her native Philippines next month to hold another ceremony before family.