Watch Your Arm on Muni!

Muni at Church
Photo by Flickr user Joey.Parsons

Rider Fannie saw a scary incident this morning at Church station:

Around 8:45 a.m. I got on a train that was quite full, after waiting for three full trains to pass by at peak rush hour. Then, this chick got her arm stuck in the door. Like in the sliding track…her left arm and elbow. I watched her scream with hysteria. Originally, she’d been very busy trying to cram on to the very full train, and getting angry. I would have helped her, but there were more than three people already trying to do so.

Somehow, they got her arm out. She had a pretty big bruise on the bone of her elbow…She was distraught (and I would be too).

They made us get off. (As in, empty out the entire two car train)

And some of us filled out information cards (as witnesses).

And then waited for two more trains before getting on.

Lesson learned: Muni vehicles are not worth (almost) losing a limb over.

Yikes. I’ll remember this the next time I try to jam onto a train…


  • smallerdemon

    “Lesson learned: Muni vehicles are not worth (almost) losing a limb over.”

    This is how I feel when I see people crossing against the crosswalk (especially at the 9th and Irving stop). Getting to your destination two minutes faster is worth risking your life over? I see.

  • Terry

    People still do this, amazing they don’t learn from hearing – reading – seeing this occur! Good you put this out there.

  • Mike

    I realize this isn’t the exact same situation here, but it’s a good place for a reminder that you should NEVER use a body part, or even a cane or other object to hold an automatic door, be it on an elevator or any other conveyance, even if they have safety sensors. I know almost all of us have done it, but we shouldn’t. If you need to hold the elevator door for someone, use the button, not your hand or anything else. Those sensors fail or can be incorrectly configured, and those motors are powerful enough to amputate limbs. Otis, the leading elevator manufacturer in the United States warns about this in their elevator safety FAQ. About 780 people are injured every year in the United States alone by elevator doors closing on them, and some of those are amputations.

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