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Survivor of limo fire 5 describes what happened

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May 6, 2013 09:42 PM EST | AP


SAN FRANCISCO — One of the survivors of a limousine fire that killed five people on a San Francisco Bay bridge is describing the terrifying moments – and disputing the driver's version of events of what happened when the limo burst into flames.

With a cut visible on her face, an emotional Nelia Arellano told San Francisco's KGO-TV that she yelled at the driver to stop the car, but he "didn't want to listen."

When the driver, Orville Brown, did finally stop, Arellano says he did nothing to help the women get out of the burning car after he exited.

Brown has said that, at first, he misunderstood what one of the passengers in the back was saying when she knocked on the partition between the passenger area and the driver and complained about smelling smoke.

Brown says he helped the survivors escape through the partition.

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Information from: KGO-TV.