Streetcar crash puts six in hospital

A Monday evening wreck involving two historic F-Market streetcars injured 14 people — sending six to the hospital — less than two months after 16 were hurt in a similar crash.

People were thrown to the floor of a packed streetcar, which had stopped to pick up passengers, after it was violently rear-ended by another streetcar around 6:30 p.m. in front of the Ferry Building, passenger Monica Meyer said.

“Considering how hard we were hit, it could have been a lot worse,” said Meyer, who was visiting The City from Vancouver with her husband.

Some passengers sustained cut faces in the accident, Meyer said. She said a woman boarding one of the streetcars at the time of the crash was tossed back out of the car and onto the ground.

The crash between the northbound streetcars occurred on The Embarcadero at Washington Street, Muni spokesman Judson True said Monday at the site.

True said none of the injuries were life-threatening and that the operators of both streetcars were among those sent to the hospital. He said the accident would be investigated immediately.

The crash, which cracked one streetcar’s front windows and crumpled its front bumper, was the second mishap in the past two months to leave a multitude of Muni passengers injured.

Two Muni light-rail trains crashed near AT&T Park on June 14, injuring 16 people, including the trains’ two drivers.

About an hour after Monday’s crash, regular service resumed on the F-Market line. Motor coach shuttles provided substitute service during the delay.

Renee Dunn, spokeswoman for the Port of San Francisco, said she saw the accident immediately after it occurred in front of the Port’s Pier 1 offices.

“I got there after it happened, but it looked like one street car had plowed into the back of another, but it didn’t look like anything terribly serious,” she said.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

Examiner Staff Writer Katie Worth contributed to this report.

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