Highway Patrol: Five people die in limousine fire on San Mateo, Calif. bridge; five others survive

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say five people were killed and five others survived after a limousine caught on fire on a San Francisco Bay area bridge late Saturday night.

The mother of one of the survivors says the women were heading to a bachelorette party. She told the San Francisco Chronicle that the bride-to-be was one of the people killed in the Saturday night fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

The limo was carrying nine women when it caught on fire at around 10 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the five women who died were trapped inside. The driver was the only person who escaped unhurt.

KGO-TV reports they were traveling on the San Mateo bridge when smoke came from in the back of the limousine. The driver pulled over and the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames.

Of the survivors, California Highway Patrol said three suffered smoke inhalation and one had severe burns. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The driver was the only person who escaped unhurt.

Several lanes of the bridge were closed as officers investigated the cause of the deadly fire, but the patrol says one lane of traffic reopened early Sunday.

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