Family members of the victims of a fatal limousine fire on the San Mateo bridge are filing wrongful death lawsuits.
SB 338 would require more inspections of vehicle, and order limos with a seating capacity of fewer than 10 people to carry a fire extinguisher onboard. Stretch limos with a capacity of more than 10 already have such a requirement.
A limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge that killed five nurses trapped in the back was sparked by a mechanical problem. Meanwhile, dramatic recordings of 911 calls released Monday revealed desperate pleas for help outside the burning vehicle.
A newspaper has reported that shortly before fire engulfed the back of a stretch limousine and killed five Northern California women in May, the driver had turned up the music in the vehicle so his passengers couldn’t hear him arguing with his estranged wife on the phone.
Conflicting accounts emerged Monday from the driver and a surviving passenger as to exactly what happened when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, killing five women and injuring four others.