REDWOOD CITY, Ca. (KRON/CNN) — California investigators revealed the cause of a deadly limousine fire Monday.
The fire killed five women on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge just over three months ago.
They had been part of a bachelorette party. The bride was among those killed.
California Highway Patrol Commander Captain Mike Maskarich said investigators have concluded the fire was an accident.
“The fire was a result of friction from the rear drive shaft coming into contact with the floor pan of the vehicle. In analyzing the suspension system components of the limousine, CHP and fire investigators were able to determine that the primary catalyst of this tragedy was the catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system which allowed the vehicle’s drive shaft to ultimately come into contact with the floor pan,” Maskarich said.
Four passengers and the limo driver were able to escape the burning vehicle through the small opening into the driver’s front seat.
The five victims were trapped in the back of the vehicle, unable to escape because smoke and fire blocked access to the rear doors.