On the Scene: Muni v. Bicyclist Collision
Update (7:37 p.m.): Official word from Muni spokesman Paul Rose has more details on the accident. Take it from the bicyclists among us: be very careful riding on tracks, even if you think you’ve got it under control:
It appears that a bike tire became stuck in track on the street and ejected the cyclist underneath the bus. The cyclist was transported to hospital with what appears to be life-threatening injuries.
A bicyclist was serious injured when his wheels were caught on a Muni track at New Montgomery and Market this afternoon. First alerted by @IRideMUNI, we have eyewitness reports via Twitter from Muni Diaries readers on the scene:
@teklex: Never a good sign when cops are taping up Market Street and Monty, a bus is dark, and there’s a riderless bike propped next to bus.
@msmugler: 2 buses were involved. If memory serves, a 31 and a 38…cops have the whole area taped off. Detectives all over.
@kimcumber: Accident on Market Street. Muni lines rerouted to Mission between Beale and 3rd Street.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that after he caught his wheel on the Muni track, the man fell under a bus:
The bus, an outbound 31 Balboa, rolled over the man at the intersection of Market and New Montgomery streets at about 4:41 p.m. , said San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Agency spokesman Paul Rose.
Outbound Market Street transit is being diverted to Fourth and Mission and inbound to Mission and Third.
Were you on the scene?
Be careful out there, everyone.
There was a bicycle vs. MUNI incident on Folsom at 12th this afternoon, too.
Ugh. Do you know what happened?
No… I arrived kinda late, but with cops and EMS crew standing by. I took a quick photo as I walked by.
It appeared as though a motorcycle was involved as well:
i was on the 5th streetcar to stop at the intersection…there were four already there and while most of the others were being turned at the Ferry Bldg…for some unknown reason this guy ignored the supervisors instruction and came up Market.
We were all let off after the supervisor and the operator had a few “choice words” about why he came up Market.
I didn’t know what was going on but there were at least 3 dozen people waiting for the 38 at Geary and Fillmore, a bunch of us waiting for the 2 and the 3 a few blocks away, too.
The 2 was packed and there were several 2s and 3s backed up behind it.
The 1 seemed to be problematic, too.
I’ve never seen so many people waiting for a 1 or a 2 at Presidio and Masonic as I saw last night.
I feel really bad for the injured cyclist. Hope they pull through.
I know the guy who got hit and he’s OK. Messed up but he will survive.
Kris…glad to hear it…
Hello, I’m the bicyclist who got hit (not sure who Kris is). I know there were witnesses, but Officer Albie Esparza decided to leave them out of the police report. I’m doing well enough now to seek legal council, but I need witnesses. If anyone saw this accident, could you please contact me? It would be much appreciated.