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Limo catches fire, five women die

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, May 5, 2013.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    Rented limo, carrying a bachelorette party, caught fire last night while going over a bridge on SF Bay. The driver and four passengers made it out, but five women didn't. Not much information on cause of fire yet, all they know is that it started in the back of the limo. (Gas tank? Something inside the car?)

    Picture of car in flames here:

  2. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Outlaw limos [/somemoron]
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    That's pretty high on the list of horrible ways to die.
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Will be interesting to follow the investigation on this. Almost sounds like the fire started inside the passenger compartment.
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Pull this thread up and of course, get ad for limo rental.

    Really feel awful for the victims.

    Papers say fire started in the trunk.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    The limo's maintenance/repair garage will have some 'splaining to do, I bet. Also, some transport companies do no maintenance and use the vehicle until it conks out, then get a new one.
  7. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Very sad story. And to follow up on Dooley's comment, the limo was a 1999. Sure, it was probably nice for a 1999. But that's still 14 years old. Plenty of things go wrong at that point. But a fast-moving fire like that that didn't start in the engine tells me this is not a maintenance thing.
  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Another bizarre death story out of France: She fell 1,000 feet and died but before they got to her ...

  9. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Could have been a leaking fuel line
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    From the LA Times, which did great reporting on the Toyota acceleration issue:


    The 1999 Lincoln Town Car was part of a broad investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2001 and 2003 into fuel tank fires after rear-end collisions, but authorities said Saturday’s incident did not involve a collision.

    The NHTSA website shows one complaint – logged in 2004 – of a customer reporting an electrical circuit board issue with a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine. The complaint said the lighting and air conditioning in the rear of the vehicle failed.

    “The connector heated up which could have caused a potential fire,” the complaint stated.

    There are 89,620 1999 Lincoln Town Cars, according to the NHTSA.
  11. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Interview with the driver, which I'm surprised he gave, since it seems like he effed up badly. I've driven on that bridge quite a few times, and there's reallly no place to pull over.

  12. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    How did he "eff up badly" by driving a car that malfunctioned?
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