A limo transporting a group of women to a bachelorette party burst into flames while on a San Francisco area bridge, killing five people, including the bride.  

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the newlywed, 31-year-old Neriza Fojas, had recently married and was celebrating with friends before returning to her native Philippines for a second ceremony next month. But the party turned devastatingly tragic when one of the nine women in the vehicle started to complain about smoke.

When the driver, Orville Brown, pulled to the side of the bridge and got out of the car to check what was happening, the back of the vehicle suddenly went up in flames--with the bride and eight of her friends still inside. Bystanders quickly helped pull out three of the women and another managed to escape by squeezing through the partition from the passenger section to the driver's seat.  But the other five remained trapped inside.

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Firefighters arrived on the scene and doused the vehicle, but it was too late. The bride and her four friends were found dead all huddled near the partition, apparently unable to get through.  Authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire, but no criminal activity is suspected. Meanwhile, the four survivors were rushed to a nearby hospital, with two being listed in critical condition.   

What an unbelievably heartbreaking tragedy. I can't even begin to imagine how the family of all those involved in this horrific accident must be feeling, particularly the bride's new husband, who didn't even get a chance to enjoy his time as a newlywed.  I only hope that authorities are able to figure out what happened sooner rather than later and solve all of the unanswered questions surrounding the case. In the meantime, my heart goes out to the victims and their loved ones.

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