MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)-- Local limo drivers are reacting to the Saturday night tragedy in San Francisco that left a bride and four of her friends dead after their 1999 stretch limo started to smoke and caught fire. The group of women were celebrating a wedding and on their way to a newlywed party.
During the tragedy, it was investigators determined there were too many passengers inside of the limousine.
A-1 limo driver Douglas Bobo has been driving for more than 30 years and says he's very strict when it comes to safety guidelines inside of his cars. According to reports, there were also issues with the locks on the limo something that`s something Bobo pays close attention to.
“Sometimes you get a client who says it`s just a baby, it`s still a person. If we have a 10 passenger no more than 10 people will get in there. We got a 6 person, no more than 6. It doesn`t make a difference. We use Cadillac`s when you stop and you put it in park, all of doors unlock so whoever is in there can get out if the driver can get out they can get out,” said Bobo.
Two other women were pulled from the car and are said to be in critical condition. The driver reportedly helped some of the women escape, but the flames spread too quickly and the driver couldn`t save the others. Investigators say the driver was insured and licensed. The fire is still under investigation.
Bobo says he has fire extinguishers in all of his cars at all times.