Pedestrian dies after being struck by Muni bus (w/updates)
Update (4:19 p.m.): SF Gate has photos from the scene, including a couple of the driver of the bus that struck the victim. The driver looks horribly upset, understandably.
Update (4:00 p.m.): Per commenter JimmyD, SF Gate reports that the victim in today’s accident has died from his injuries.
Update (3:38 p.m.): MTA’s final update:
As of 1:33 p.m., the incident described below has cleared.
Clarification: A pedestrian was involved in the accident, not a bicyclist. The location was Mission Street between Main and Beale streets. Both bus routes rerouted around the scene in both directions using Market Street: from Main Street to Market Street to 4th Street and back to Mission Street.
The pedestrian was transported to SFGH. Both Operators were also injured. The Operator of the 14 Mission was transported to UC Medical Center and the Operator of the 14 Mission Limited was transported to St. Francis.
Both Operators will be tested for drugs and alcohol and placed on non-driving status according to standard procedure.
Video has been provided to SFPD for their investigation
Update (1:41 p.m.): For clarification, we do not know definitely whether the victim was a pedestrian or cyclist. MTA reported that he was a cyclist; multiple eye-witnesses say pedestrian.
Update (12:55 p.m.): Reader Jimmy sends us a photo of the scene, above.
Update (11:48 a.m.): From MTA:
As of approximately 11 a.m., service on the 14 Mission and the 14 Mission Limited in the outbound (east) direction has been disrupted due to an accident at Mission and Beale streets involving a 14 Mission trolley bus and a 14 Mission Limited bus and a bicyclist.
The 14 Mission route is switching back at 4th Street. The 14 Mission Limited is routing around the scene from Main Street to Market Street to 4th Street and back to its regular route on Mission Street.
SFPD and SFFD are on the scene.
Updates will follow.
Update (11:38 a.m.): SF Appeal has an eyewitness account, along with a photo of the scene.
Update (11:35 a.m.): KGO radio says: “Man trapped under the Muni bus was jaywalking. Taken away via ambulance, witnesses say he wasn’t moving at all.”
Update (11:25 a.m.): KCBS now has a story up on its site. Person still apparently trapped, attempts to jack bus up are under way. Person trapped reportedly a pedestrian.
Update (11:23 a.m.): @TUSK81 has an eye-witness account.
Original post: KCBS News reports that there is a person trapped under a bus at Mission and Beale with life-threatening injuries. No word from MTA yet. KGO radio also has a tweet about the accident. And Twitterer @sbermo confirms. We’ll update as we learn more.
So scary. This is why I a) try not to run for buses anymore and b) try not to jaywalk (of course, the warning I got from a cop is more the reason I don’t jaywalk.)
Hope the man is okay.
Adding, of course I don’t know what the real story was.
The only somewhat legit comment at SF Gate:
stolidog: i saw every second of this. the guy hopped out in front of the second bus, probably trying to get a cab. I heard him scream as he turned and realized a bus was RIGHT THERE. Bus smashed into him, THEN smashed into the bus in front of it, crushing the guy between the buses. When the buses came apart, guy fell to the ground and the second bus ran him over. Then the bus driver had a nervous breakdown.
Most of the other comments are the standard generic comments one expects from the comments section.
@JimmyD: you’re right. this comment stands out like a nugget of sensibility in a cesspool of absurdity. Thanks for sharing. And yikes!
Without looking I am going to guess that the rest of the comments imply in a roundabout way that the person at fault was black, or in a not roundabout way that the person at fault was an illegal immigrant.
I don’t even know, on this particular story. I cannot bring myself to look. 😉
The usual: Speaking with absolute authority in regards to an incident they know nothing about.
All MUNI drives are bad. The person deserved it. Blah blah blah.
The guy died.
Source: Muni driver admits making fatal mistake
If you were crushed between Muni buses, screaming “Oh, God, no!”, you would at least expect the Muni driver to stop, NOT accelerate like a runaway Toyota.
When the truth of the Muni driver’s actions shall revealed to the public, there must be consequences.