The Institutes

Family Members Sue Over Fatal Bay Area Limo Fire

 Monday, October 28, 2013

 ABC News

Family members of the five nurses who died in a limousine fire on a San Francisco Bay Area bridge have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several companies, including those that maintained the limousine and customized it. The lawsuits — filed on Thursday — claim the companies were responsible for design and manufacturing defects with the 1999 Lincoln Town Car that caused the May 4 fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The fire trapped nine women celebrating a friend’s recent wedding, killing five of them. The limousine’s driver survived. The California Highway Patrol has said the blaze was caused by a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system. The air suspension failure allowed the spinning driveshaft to contact the floor pan, causing friction that ignited carpets and set the vehicle on fire, authorities have said. Prosecutors concluded no criminal charges were warranted. The lawsuits name: Limo Stop Inc., Ford Motor Co., Bay Area Limousine Repair Inc., Accubuilt Inc., Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings Inc., and DaBryan Coach Builders Inc.

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