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10 women, many in 90s, escape burning Calif. limo

Some women fled the vehicle using walkers and canes

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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 12:00 am

SAN FRANCISCO Ten women — some of them in their 90s — escaped unharmed from a limousine that began smoking and caught fire in Northern California just more than a month after five nurses were killed while trapped inside a burning limousine on a nearby bridge.

The group was celebrating one of the women’s 90th birthday. They were in the vehicle outside the birthday woman’s home — where they had gathered shortly after 11 a.m. — when white smoke drifted out of the partition between the driver’s compartment and the passenger compartment, Mary Chapman, one of the passengers, said Monday.

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