10 elderly women narrowly escape second Lincoln limo fire in a month

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, June 10, 2013 13:55 EDT
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A burned limo in Contra Costa County that nearly killed 10 elderly women. Screenshot via KGO-TV.
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Fire crews in Contra Costa County responded to a vehicle fire on Sunday morning only to discover a limo burning on a suburban street and 10 elderly women, most of them over 90, standing by and relieved to have just barely escaped with their lives.

The women were headed to a celebration of a friend’s 96th birthday party when the driver suddenly ordered everyone out, The Contra Costa Times reported. Smoke and flames suddenly engulfed the cabin as the women, many with canes and walkers, scrambled to get out.

Thankfully, the 2008 Lincoln town car limo was idling when the driver detected smoke in the cabin, so the passengers had a chance to escape. That was not the case last month, when five women in San Mateo County were killed in a freak limo fire after their 1999 Lincoln Town Car burst into flames as it was cruising down a highway.

The limo company chartered by the women in Contra Costa County, TownCar SF, told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV that the fire was caused by a manufacturer’s defect in the electrical systems, and insisted the vehicle was well-maintained.

This video is from ABC News affiliate KGO-TV, aired Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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