Two separate municipal transit crashes occurred within minutes of each other in San Francisco Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 to the hospital, some with serious injuries.
The first crash happened at 1:29 p.m. in the Japantown section and involved a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and two dump trucks. Bay City News reports the “Muni” bus was traveling behind a dump truck that slammed on its brakes, causing the bus driver to brake and swerve in an effort to avoid a collision.
Instead, the bus slammed into another dump truck on the road. The collision shattered the windshield of the Muni bus. Rescuers examined 20 passengers at the scene and transported a dozen of them to the hospital, one with serious injuries, five with moderate injuries, and six with minor injuries.
About 7 minutes later, a San Francisco Municipal Light-Rail vehicle collided with a tractor trailer and derailed in the Bayview neighborhood. According to Bay City News, police said the commercial truck took an illegal left turn onto Innes Street from Third Street, crossing into the path of the Muni train.
The Associated Press reports that the collision forced the Muni Light-Rail vehicle several feet off of its track. Eleven passengers were hurt in the crash, with injuries ranging from mild to moderate.
Albie Esparza, a San Francisco Police officer investigating the crash, told the AP that an investigation of the crash was still underway and that the driver of the tractor had not yet been cited.