The women killed Saturday night in a limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge were traveling from Alameda to a bridal shower in Foster City, said the parents of one of the injured women.
While authorities said Sunday that the names of the five women killed in the fire would not be released until Monday or Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that among the fatalities was Neriza Fojas, the bride and a nurse at a hospital in Fresno.
A survivor, Mary Grace Guardiano, 42, was expected home Sunday afternoon after being injured and hospitalized, Rosita and Santos Guardiano of Alameda told Patch. The Guardianos were on their way to Sunday Mass, which their daughter usually attends with them, they said.
Mary Grace Guardiano is a nurse at Crown Bay Nursing and Residential Center, according to her mother.
The Chronicle reports that the bride, Fojas, was married in the United States and planned a celebration and ceremony next month in the Philippines. An earlier comment on NBCBayArea about a wedding scheduled for June 3 has since been deleted.
At The Clubhouse Bistro, which is in the Crowne Plaza Foster City, people around the hotel were talking about the limo fire and speculating that the victims "must have been coming here because there really isn't anything else in Foster City," according to a hotel operator. The Chronicle has reported that the bride's husband was staying at the Crowne Plaza.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, which was captured by a passerby who posted an image on Twitter of the rear of the white Lincoln Town Car engulfed in flames. The Associated Press posted a one-minute video of the aftermath.
The owner of the Limo Stop, which operates the limousine that was involved, told the San Jose Mercury News that the company is cooperating with the CHP.
Officers responded to a report of a fire that broke out about 10 p.m. Saturday in in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92 at the bridge's decline, just east of Foster City, Officer Art Montiel said.
Upon noticing the fire, the driver of the limo stopped the car and got out, and was uninjured, Montiel said.
There were nine passengers in the limo, Montiel said. The four injured passengers were transported to hospitals — two to Valley Medical Center, two to Stanford Hospital and Clinics — to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns, he said.
Montiel said all the passengers in the limo were women going from Alameda to Foster City. The survivors included the driver Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, who was uninjured; and passengers Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose; Mary G. Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro, the Tribune reported. The four women suffered moderate injuries.
The cause of the fire, and where it originated, was unknown, Montiel said, but the limo was the only car involved in the fire.
A Sig-alert was issued at 10:28 p.m. Saturday when the CHP closed all westbound lanes, Montiel said. All lanes were closed for about 45 minutes, he said.
Patch editors Alex Gronke and Bea Kearnes and Bay City News Service contributed to this report.