On May 4, 2013, a limousine crossing the San Mateo- Hayward Bridge caught on fire killing five of its passengers. The Limousine was carrying a celebratory bachelorette party comprising of nine women. Of the dead was the 31 year-old bride-to-be.
The accident occurred Saturday night. The cause of the fire is unknown and still being investigated by officials. The Lincoln limousine is listed with California’s Public Utility Commission as legally able to carry eight passengers or less. However, the limousine was illegally carrying nine passengers.
Only four passengers were able to get out and suffered smoke inhalation and burn injuries. The only person to escape unhurt was the driver. At the first sign of danger, the women alerted the driver to pull over. The driver was first confused and thought they meant they would like to smoke. Once the driver realized there was trouble, he pulled over on the bridge.
Few of the women were able to climb through the partition to safety. It is believed that the other women may have been overcome by the smoke. By the time the firefighters arrived and doused the vehicle, the five women were dead. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it is believed that the fire began in the trunk.
Tips for Limousine Safety
After the fatal limousine fire that took the lives of 5 passengers, it is absolutely vital to remember the importance of limousine safety. With upcoming proms and weddings, it is imperative to research the limousine before renting. While most customers are just searching for extravagance and luxury, customers must also be mindful of safety and security. Several tips to follow before renting a limousine include:
- Research the company
- Check the permit number to ensure that the limousine driver is genuine
- Ask for a tour inside the limousine before choosing
Personal Injury Claim
If you or someone you know was recently injured while riding a limousine or bus, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An experienced personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Consider filing a personal injury claim if your injuries required medical care. Contact us today.