(Reposted, with permission, from Tony Long’s North Beach Examiner)
Legendary Chronicle columnist Herb Caen used to run what he called “Sight ’ems” — interesting little oddities he (or one of his legmen) spotted wandering around the old town. Back in Caen’s day this wouldn’t have rated a mention, it being a more civilized burg, but in 2008 I found the scene jarring:
Three tourists, all women, riding a northbound 9x-Bayshore Express, and clearly lost. They didn’t speak any English (I think that was Portuguese I was hearing, but maybe it was … well, who cares?) and the bus driver spoke nothing but English. As they chattered away at the driver, laughing and waving a map under her nose while she crossed Market and headed up Kearny, I expected to hear some very colorful English indeed.
Update 2: Still no official word on what caused the pile-up of buses and trains on Market this morning. The headline of this post is what it is because, frankly, we ran with hearsay rather than verifying. Sorry for the sensationalism.
That said, we don’t know that a train didn’t hit a cyclist. Anyone reading this who has information is encouraged to let us know. You can leave a comment here on Muni Diaries. Thanks!
Update 1: Still no word on this morning’s accident on or near Market. But Tara snapped this photo of the Muni backup on the street:
Original post: Or, is it “Cyclist hit by F?”
Details to come …
On the phone? Srsly? I don’t think I’ve seen that yet.
Preliminary investigation points to high speed just before two Muni trains collided Saturday by AT&T Park. Apparently, the driver of the vehicle at fault may have been on a cellphone.
The investigation is, as they say, ongoing.
Sixteen were hurt, and of those, 12 sent to the hospital. Of those, four are out as of today, three days after the event. Eight people in the hospital at least three days? As someone who has spent up to one week in a hospital, a) I don’t envy these people their stay, nor b) their injuries.
Sorry. I shouldn’t try to be cute in this space.
I was tipped off to a nice little blog about Muni etiquette last night. Hop on over to Muni Manners and learn a thing or two about how properly to ride the rails and routes.
And please, show some love.
Okay, I’m done.
Not the agency, but the streetcar that collided with another one Saturday afternoon near AT&T Park.