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Exclusive TV Report: Air Spring Rupture Sparked Fatal Stretch Limo Fire

Posted on June 6, 2013
Clue in the pictures: Why was the stretch limo slung so low? A media outlet is exclusively reporting a cause of the fatal stretch limo fire near San Francisco on May 4 that killed five women in a bachelorette party. The probe continues, but authorities already confirmed at the time of the accident that the 1999 Lincoln Town Car stretch was overloaded beyond maximum passenger capacity.

Clue in the pictures: Why was the stretch limo slung so low? A media outlet is exclusively reporting a cause of the fatal stretch limo fire near San Francisco on May 4 that killed five women in a bachelorette party. The probe continues, but authorities already confirmed at the time of the accident that the 1999 Lincoln Town Car stretch was overloaded beyond maximum passenger capacity.

Clue in the pictures: Why was the stretch limo slung so low? A media outlet is exclusively reporting a cause of the fatal stretch limo fire near San Francisco on May 4 that killed five women in a bachelorette party. The probe continues, but authorities already confirmed at the time of the accident that the 1999 Lincoln Town Car stretch was overloaded beyond maximum passenger capacity.
Clue in the pictures: Why was the stretch limo slung so low? A media outlet is exclusively reporting a cause of the fatal stretch limo fire near San Francisco on May 4 that killed five women in a bachelorette party. The probe continues, but authorities already confirmed at the time of the accident that the 1999 Lincoln Town Car stretch was overloaded beyond maximum passenger capacity.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- ABC7 News has learned exclusively the cause of that fire that killed five women riding in a limousine on the San Mateo Bridge last month.

Witnesses say the back of the Lincoln towncar was extremely low to the ground while it was moving across the bridge the night of May 4.

KGO-TV/ABC 7 report and video here

Related Topics: accidents, California operators, limousine fires, limousine safety, limousines burning, passenger safety, vehicle safety

Comments ( 14 )
  • Rich

     | about 5 years ago

    Limo was a Dabryan one of the Qvm builders for Fords limousine program. Supposedly one of the best makers in the business. These air bags a have been around for over 20years and when they blow out it is nearly impossible to drive the limousine as the car will hit the pavement and scrape. A driver or passengers will hear the limo scrapping as well as the ride will be so bumpy etc. The so called experts chp investigators have no clue what they are looking for. In fact it was the chp who asked us operators to call our 120 inch stretches 9 passenger vehicles so they would not have to inspect them. This occurred back in the late 90s. This was an avoidable event or occurrence no one on the message board has blamed the driver who did not lower the divider when one of the women knocked the first time. And I believe he was a class b commercial driver who had done shuttle work before. If he had only rolled the divider down he would have smelled smoke and stopped on the bridge sooner more if not all lives would have been saved, no matter what started the fire

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