SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The limousine which caught fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, killing five of nine passengers on board, was part of a nationwide recall because of issues with load limits on tires.
The California Highway Patrol said it could be weeks before it’s firmly established what caused the fire on the modified Lincoln Town Car.
In 2001, Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 10,000 1998-2001 Lincoln Town Cars stretched over 60 in. because the load that could be piled into the extended vehicle could exceed the limit for the tires.
Tuesday, the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identities of the five women killed in the fire. The victims were identified as Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Lorenzo; Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey, and Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda.
Fojas and Balon had been previously identified by family members. Estrera was identified by her employer.
They were among nine women celebrating Fojas’ recent wedding when their limo caught fire. Four of the women escaped with injuries along with the driver who was not hurt.