Bicyclist killed in collision with Muni bus

A bicyclist was killed Thursday after being hit by a Muni bus in the Inner Richmond neighborhood during rush hour.

According to San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak, the first reports of a collision between a bike and the 44-O’Shaughnessy Muni bus were received at 4:59 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Clement Street.

San Francisco police, firefighters and paramedics responded to scene, Andraychak said. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The intersection was closed off for the investigation for an unknown period of time, said Andraychak.

“Someone lost their life,” Andraychak said. “We treat this as an important incident.”

Exact details of the collision are unclear, he said.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the bicycle apparently came to a stop under the bus after the collision.

Rose said service in the area was affected. The 44-O’Shaughnessy buses were routed around the scene to Seventh Avenue and Geary Boulevard. The 2-Clement bus was also rerouted, he said.

The driver has been placed on paid leave as per Muni protocol, Rose said.

Hours earlier, Muni struggled to recover from a four-minute power outage that caused delays throughout the day in the Central Subway system.

On Aug. 29, a 43-year-old man was struck by a 47-South Van Ness bus, which was deemed a suicide.

Muni operates 800 motor coach buses on as many as 60 street-level lines.

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