Muni Smash: Six Hurt, Two Hospitalized

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News

Published on August 03, 2009 with 9 Comments

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The driver of a Nissan SUV became sandwiched between two Muni streetcars
following an accident in San Francisco today.
Photos by David Waggoner

By Luke Thomas

August 3, 2009

Six people were injured today during an accident involving two Muni F-Line streetcars and a motor vehicle.

At 5:46 pm, a streetcar traveling westbound on Market Street in the Castro, rear ended a westbound Nissan Pathfinder, crushing the SUV into the back of another streetcar.

Witnesses said the Muni driver had been distracted while talking with a passenger moments before applying his emergency breaks to avoid the crash.

Both drivers were sent to hospital for treatment, Muni spokesperson Judson True said.

It was the second accident in as many weeks involving Muni rail vehicles.  On July 18, 50 people were sent to local hospitals when a Muni light rail vehicle (LRV) smashed into the back of another LRV at West Portal station. The driver temporarily lost consciousness, according to accident investigators.

True said police are investigating today’s accident.

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Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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