Light-rail vehicles collide at West Portal, dozens injured (w/updates + video)
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Started seeing many tweets just now about an apparent Muni collision near West Portal Station. We’ll try to update this post as frequently as possible with new information. For now, there are reports of 12 injuries, and delays on the K, L, and M lines in both directions. Updates are in reverse-chronological order, beginning with the latest:
Update:(Wednesday) just caught wind, via Twitter, of the first-ever videos of the crash, from
SFGateSF Appeal (wtf, SFGate?):
The operator of the Muni train involved in Saturday’s crash at West Portal Station told investigators he blacked out shortly before the accident, a source close to the probe told The Chronicle.
Huffington Post (Sunday):
The operator of a light-rail train that crashed and injured dozens of passengers in San Francisco came under scrutiny Sunday as federal investigators tried to figure out why he inexplicably turned off the automatic controls moments before the collision.
CBS 5 (Sunday):
The National Transportation Safety Board was focusing on human error by a train driver, and not any mechanical problem, as the likely cause of a weekend collision between two San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail trains that injured nearly 50 people, officials said.
New York Times (Sunday):
Witnesses said more than a dozen people sat on benches along the boarding platform after the crash, some of them bleeding from their heads. Most of the passengers were adults. The cause of the crash was under investigation. Judson True, a railway spokesman, said investigators would look at “mechanical and human issues.”
“This is probably one of the largest we’ve had” in recent years, Gardner said of the crash, referring to the number of people injured. Federal and state investigators have been notified of the crash, True said. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said his agency was considering launching a formal probe.
CBS 5 (video, Sunday):
“The driver looked like he was asleep, or passed-out,” eyewitness Nancy Martin said.
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At least 47 people were taken to area hospitals, three in serious condition.
CBS 5 (running a Bay City News report):
About 60 people have been injured in a collision between two San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail vehicles this afternoon at the city’s West Portal Station, according to the Police Department.
SF Gate: An L rear-ended a K at West Portal. Multiple injuries; none believed to be life-threatening, according to MTA spokesperson Judson True.
Just saw two MUNI trains collide at the West Portal station. Looks like there are a lot of injuries. Scary.
KCBS News Radio reporter: “K car stopped at station when L car ‘barreled’ into back of the K car. Very, very serious collision.” #Muni #SF
was just in the muni crash on the L taraval about 20 minutes ago. Only bruised my forehead but saw lots of blood
On Saturday, July 18th at 3:15 pm, SF Muni is advising major service delays on the K, L and M light rail lines due to an accident between two light rail vehicles. There is no light rail service between the West Portal and Castro station. Shuttle buses are in service between those two stations. Passengers are advised to consider alternate routes. There is no estimated time for the resumption of normal service.
Two Muni light rail trains have collided at West Portal Station in San Francisco, injuring at least 12 people, officials say.
The collision happened around 3:00 p.m. Muni reports that both trains were headed outbound at the time of the crash. Officials say four passengers have been transported to San Francisco General hospital.
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