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Calif. Auditor To Review State Limo Safety Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After a fire killed five women on a San Francisco Bay area bridge, California will examine the work of the state agency responsible for regulating limousine safety.

Jane Tyska/Oakland Tribune

San Mateo County firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a limousine fire in which five women died

The San Jose Mercury News reports that state officials on Wednesday granted an audit of the California Public Utilities Commission's enforcement of state limo safety rules.

State Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-Hayward, said the California State Auditor will review how limo safety funds are being spent and which safety rules are being enforced.

The May 4 fire killed five women as they rode to a wedding party, including 31-year-old Neriza Fojas, the bride.

A California Highway Patrol probe found that the fire started when the car's rear suspension failed, allowing the car's steel drive shaft to scrape against the limo's floorboards.

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