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40 hurt in 2 San Francisco bus, train crashes


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco transit bus and a commuter train crashed into trucks minutes apart Friday, injuring 40 people and sending more than 20 of them to the hospital, authorities said.

A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and a dump truck collided at 1:29 p.m. in the Japantown neighborhood, leaving the bus with a smashed windshield. Twenty people were examined at the scene and a dozen of them went to hospitals, including one with serious injuries, fire spokeswoman Jennifer Balestrieri said.

Less than 10 minutes later, a Muni light-rail train collided with a tractor-trailer in the Bayview neighborhood. The train was derailed but its two cars remained upright.

Television reports showed the truck cab and trailer sitting at right angles, with the train squeezed between and its front pushed up against the cab.

Nine people were taken to hospitals with minor and moderate injuries, and 11 others were examined but declined to be taken to a hospital, authorities said.

Investigators told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1sbgtyO ) that the big rig made an illegal left turn. However, the driver was not immediately cited, Officer Albie Esparza said.

Light-rail passenger Robert Williams said he suffered neck and shoulder pain.

Williams told the Chronicle that the train was full of passengers and had been slowing down as it pulled into a stop.

"The next thing you know, I heard a loud screech and the train came to a sudden stop," Williams said. "It was like an earthquake. Lots of people fell down."

Both accidents were under investigation.

A San Francisco light-rail train crashed into another city light-rail train in July 2009, injuring 46 passengers and the operators of both vehicles. Federal investigators concluded that the driver of one of the trains had lost consciousness.

Also Friday, a light-rail train collided with a van in Seattle, injuring five people. A 6-year-old boy was taken to a children's hospital in stable condition while the others went to a hospital with minor injuries, KOMO reported (http://tinyurl.com/lot9aa3 ).

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ringmasterigs August 02 2014 at 12:52 AM

As a retired truck driver I can tell you San Francisco was a town I avoided just like many old big cites, the roads are not made for big rigs. Also, that driver should have been looking out for what hit him.

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Susan ringmasterigs August 02 2014 at 1:20 PM

Exactly. You know, in many historic towns, trucking companies should be off-loading into smaller trucks that can navigate safely. Yet, I see it here where I live, day in and day out, big rigs getting stuck on streets that they have no business on, and my favorite this past year - a big (HUGE) truck went the wrong way on a one-way street and then couldn't make the turn to get out. It required massive tow trucks, cops, and they had to take the thing apart, bit by bit. And this is because the driver obviously was unable to read the 'one way do not enter' sign. Or maybe he thought he didn't HAVE to go by the law. Who knows? But he and his company paid dearly for that.

It happens every day here.

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countj62 ringmasterigs August 02 2014 at 2:32 PM

I agree,towns in New England and Pittsburgh,NY.NY etc was meant for smaller scale of transportation. Been there and done that and no easy task.

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John Roberson August 02 2014 at 1:10 AM

Sudhin is an ******* it is not August 2 in San Francisco, but 10:09 and August 01.

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Carl John Roberson August 02 2014 at 7:24 AM

and your point, is?

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John Roberson August 02 2014 at 1:23 AM

and what else goes wrong in the land of the fruits and nuts? Bring on more fires and more drought!!!!!!!!!!

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Carl August 02 2014 at 7:24 AM

I hate it when those pesky trains jump out in front of you!

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ddacarrier46 August 02 2014 at 2:45 PM

Waiting for one of you to say it's "President Obama's Fault!"You blame everything else on him.............

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Stryyder56 ddacarrier46 August 02 2014 at 2:53 PM

No he blames everyone else for everything or have you not been paying attention.

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Bob B ddacarrier46 August 02 2014 at 6:22 PM

OK, I'll bite: "it's (Pres) Obama's fault"!

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billsfbay August 02 2014 at 4:00 PM

1st of all: This article provided extremely little information.

With regard to the Muni lite rail accident involving the truck: This accident happened on 3rd street. Which is an extremely wide street. The truck was running alongside the trail. They both came to an intersection. The truck had pulled about a half a truck ahead. The truck which was on the right side of the lite rail train turned left in front of the train. The intersection has a large sign saying NO LEFT TURN. Truck driver was 100% at fault. This

In the muni bus accident. The bus was going west on Gear Blvd. A dump truck was immediately in front of the bus. The dump truck slammed its air brakes on while traveling at 40 to 45 mph. The bus driver tried to stop in time; but realized they could not; so swerved into the next lane to the left. But another dump truck in that lane had also slammed its brakes on. Why both dump trucks had stopped so abruptly was not reported. Possibly a red light.

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Stryyder56 August 02 2014 at 2:51 PM

I guess all of those folks just hit the lottery..........I can see the ambulance chasers now racing to the scene..............neck and back pain.............worth a few thousand..

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lalalexm1 August 02 2014 at 2:50 PM

And you want to legalize pot.

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gramargo lalalexm1 August 02 2014 at 3:24 PM

Hmmm......I saw no reference to pot in the article, so I must wonder about why you feel the need to bring it into the "pot".

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floatgod August 02 2014 at 2:39 PM

S.F. is a lovely town to walk the streets and see the historic buildings in the financial center, the wharf, broadway, Chinatown, and some areas of the Mission district. But it can be a terror to drive in, especially in anything larger than a sedan!

This is, of course, for the visitor to the great City, the locals get around just fine.

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sparticlistic August 02 2014 at 1:40 PM

Anybody know why the picture leading the story shows a bus running into a semi truck?.
Is the "weed" legal for reporters in San Francisco, while they are working?

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gramargo sparticlistic August 02 2014 at 3:26 PM

Perhaps because the first accident in the story was between a bus and a semi-truck?? Please check your reading glasses, along with your reading comprehension.

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