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A Muni bus ran over an injured cyclist’s bike and refused to stop following on incident Wednesday morning on Market Street.

Just after 8:30 a.m., the cyclist fell off her bike near the intersection of Fifth and Market streets, according to Judson True, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni.

While the bike lay damaged on Market Street, the front tire was crushed by the rear wheel of a 5-Fulton Muni bus traveling outbound. Despite reported protests from passengers, the operator continued to travel on the route, a violation of Muni protocol, according to True.

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“Any time there is an incident like this, the operator should stop and assess the situation,” he said.
As part of the SFMTA’s standard procedures, the operator, whose name has not been released, was placed under nondriving status and tested for drugs and alcohol while the agency investigates the matter. The Police Department also will assist in the report.

Following the incident, the cyclist was taken to a local hospital with injures not considered life-threatening, True said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com



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