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Fresno hospital identifies two of its own nurses in deadly limo fire

  • California Highway Patrolmen light flares as they investigate the scene of a limousine fire on the westbound side of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Foster City, Calif., on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Five people died when they were trapped in the limo that caught fire as they were traveling, and four others and the driver were able to escape, according to the Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group. (AP Photo/Oakland Tribune-Bay Area News Group, Jane Tyska)

REDWOOD CITY — Officials at a Fresno, Calif., hospital say two of its nurses were among the five people killed when a limousine burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge over the weekend.

A statement from Community Regional Medical Center says Neriza Fojas and Michelle Estrera were killed when the limo caught fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Saturday night.

Hospital officials say both nurses worked on a trauma medical/surgical floor at the hospital.

Relatives had previously told the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News that the 31-year-old Fojas was one of the women killed in the fire, and that she had recently wed and was planning to travel to her native Philippines to hold another ceremony.

An official at the San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Monday that the names of the dead probably would not be released until Tuesday.


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