Agency cuts fine for limo company in fatal fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California commission responsible for transportation safety has reduced the fine it levied against a limousine company involved in a fire that killed five passengers from $20,000 to $5,000.

The Bay Area News Group reported in the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday (http://bit.ly/1zOCO9R ) that the reduction resulted from a settlement the California Public Utilities Commission and Limo Stop reached in April.

That was less than a year after one of the Burlingame company's converted Lincoln Town Car erupted in flames on a bridge south of San Francisco. A newlywed bride and four of her girlfriends, all nurses, were trapped and died in the blaze. Four other friends inside the limo and the driver survived.

The California Highway Patrol concluded last year that the fire was caused by a catastrophic failure of the vehicle's rear suspension system.