Limousine Driver Recounts Deadly Fire
INSIDE EDITION spoke exclusively to Orville Brown, the driver of the limo that caught on fire and killed five passengers.
It's the limo driver's first TV interview since the horrific fire that killed a bride and four girlfriends on their way to a bachelorette party.
Limo driver Orville Brown breaks down in tears as he speaks about the tragedy. He pulled over on the bridge that crosses San Francisco Bay when the rear of the limo became engulfed in flames. Nine nurses were in the limo.
"I just wish it was something we could have done differently. The car is smoking, pull over, pull over. They are screaming a bit, I see the look on her face and pull over," he said.
The driver and four nurses escaped as the limo burst into flames.
"I felt deep in my heart that they were gone, they had burned up because the flames were so intense and it happened so fast. I didn't think anybody was alive," he said.
The limo was an inferno in moments, trapping the five victims, including 31-year-old bride Neriza Fojas, a nurse from Fresno.
Authorities say the five nurses couldn't open the limo doors because of the intense heat and made a last desperate attempt to escape by squeezing through the small partition window that separates passengers from the chauffeur. But the deadly fire was moving so fast, they couldn't get out.
Firefighters still don't know how it started.
Photos of two of the surviving nurses being treated for burns and smoke inhalation were posted on Facebook.
No one could have dreamed that a bachelorettes' night out could have turned into a tragedy like this.
Now, with prom and wedding season in full swing, everyone's asking, how safe are limos?
INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander spoke to AAA’s Robert Sinclair.
"It might be good to look for a fire extinguisher in the limo. It is also good to think of an escape plan, no one really thinks about it, but it could avoid a tragedy," said Sinclair.
Simple safety tips to prevent a limo ride from turning into catastrophe.
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