More than a dozen people were injured when a tour bus crashed near Union Square on Nov. 13, 2015. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

More than a dozen people were injured when a tour bus crashed near Union Square on Nov. 13, 2015. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Speeding driver caused tour bus crash near Union Square, police say

Investigators have determined the driver of tour bus that crashed near Union Square late last year, injuring more than a dozen people and leaving a trail of wreckage, was speeding and there were no mechanical issues prior to the crash, San Francisco police announced Wednesday.

Kenneth Malvar, 53, has been cited for speeding but will not face criminal charges in connection with the Nov. 13, 2015 crash, police said.

The collision began in the 500 block of Post Street near Taylor Street when the bus struck a bicyclist, followed by orange construction barricades and another vehicle, police said.

The dislodged barricades struck a car while the bus continued on Post Street through Powell and Mason streets, where the bus struck a Muni sign on a concrete “island” in the 300 block of Post Street.

The bus then hit several more vehicles, construction scaffolding on a building, and a utility pole supporting overhead Muni power wires, before the bus finally came to a rest in the 30 block of Post Street.

In all, 12 vehicles, four pedestrians and a bicyclist were involved in the crash.
Police said 19 people were injured, including Malvar as well as a bus employee and two bus passengers, police said.
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