Muni bus hits pedestrian; service rerouted

A pedestrian was struck by a Mission Street Muni bus Thursday afternoon, the 20th such accident involving San Francisco’s public transit agency this year.

The accident, which involved a 14L-Mission bus driving near Seventh Street, prompted Muni to reroute its Mission Street service to bypass five blocks along that roadway. The rerouting stopped at 5:07 p.m. and service subsequently returned to normal.

Muni spokesman Judson True declined to discuss the accident details and said it was under police investigation. The Police Department did not release details of the accidentby press time, only that the pedestrian was taken to the hospital.

“Any situation like this is a tragedy,” True said. He added that after such an accident the bus operator is placed on administrative leave and a drug test is administered.

Prior to Thursday’s incident, there were 19 Muni accidents this year involving pedestrians, one of which resulted in the death of the pedestrian.

In recent years, Muni collisions with pedestrians have increased. In 2005 there were 34 Muni collisions with pedestrians while in 2006 there were 50 and in 2007 there were 62. Muni-related pedestrian fatalities have also increased, with three in 2005, four in 2006 and seven in 2007.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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