Capping off the end of Transit Week, van collides with Muni train, injuring 4

(Examiner file photo)

Transit Week celebrations hit yet another pothole Friday when a commuter bus and a Muni train collided at 9:25 a.m., injuring four people, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“It appears a van made a left turn in front of the train when contact was made,” said SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose.

The outbound KT line train collided with a commuter bus at Third and Mission Rock streets in the Mission Bay neighborhood. Two operators and two passengers were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Rose said.

Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokesperson, characterized the vehicle as a short, commuter-style bus and said it had no company name written on the side.

Inbound KT trains temporarily switched back at Sixth and King Streets, with outbound trains reversing at Third and Evans Streets and temporary shuttles running between those locations.

Friday concludes Transit Week 2018, intended as “a celebration of public transportation.”

In San Francisco, however, the celebration has highlighted a string of mishaps including the closure of the new Salesforce Transit Center after cracked steel beams were discovered on Tuesday and Wednesday, a person struck and killed by Caltrain in South San Francisco on Wednesday, revelations of sexual assault by a top Muni manager on Thursday, and elected officials arriving late to Transit Week events after Muni trains suffered maintenance-related delays on Monday, in addition to delays on Muni and BART.

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