SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — While the cause of Saturday night’s fatal limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge remains under investigation, new questions have been raised about the passengers not being able to escape through the limo’s rear doors.
Authorities said the four women who survived the fire squeezed through a partition that separates the passenger area from the driver, and the women who died were found near the partition. Rescuers eventually opened the rear doors, but not until the fire was out of control.
State Senator Jerry Hill, who represents the Peninsula, said child safety locks on doors is an issue that needs to be reexamined. Last year, Hill wrote legislation to restrict who can drink aboard party buses, after the tragic death of a Burlingame teen.