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Rear Suspension Failure Caused Fatal Limo Fire

Posted on August 19, 2013

UPDATE (4:10pm PST)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge that killed five women en route to a wedding party, including the bride, was an unforeseeable accident caused by the failure of an air suspension system in the rear of the vehicle, authorities said Monday.

When the system failed, the limo's floorboard scraped against the drive shaft, creating friction and heat that ignited the blaze, California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said at a news conference with other officials to announce the findings of a multi-agency investigation into the May 4 tragedy.

Full story at SFGate.com.

(8/19/13 — 2:30pm PST)

Faulty Rear Suspension System Led To Fatal Limo Fire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A mechanical problem is to blame for igniting a limousine fire that killed five nurses who were trapped in the back, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

CHP Captain Mike Maskarich says the blaze broke out on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on May 4 because of a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system. The suspension fell onto the floor pan causing friction that ignited carpets and set the vehicle on fire, authorities said.

Associated Press article at SFGate.com here

CBS San Francisco article here

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