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Third on Third: T-Third train collides with auto in Mission Bay for third time this year

A Mercedes sedan collided with a T-Third train in Mission Bay Tuesday night wedging itself between the vehicle and a median, the latest in a string of collisions between Muni trains and autos on Third Street in the past year.

The collision at Third Street and Mission Bay Boulevard took place at about 7:52 p.m. after the auto apparently made an illegal left turn in front of the train, according to a preliminary report from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The site of the collision was near Muni Metro East, a Muni railyard.

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The Mercedes’ driver was transported to a nearby hospital for unknown, non-life threatening injuries. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to questions about possible arrests.

Muni trains frequently find themselves in collisions in the area, which is near a Muni railyard. There were at least three major reported collisions between Muni and vehicles there this year alone.

Also at Third Street and Mission Bay Boulevard, a truck overturned after hitting a Muni historic streetcar in January, also — like Tuesday night — after making a turn in front of the streetcar. In September, nearby at Third and Mission Rock streets, another T-Third train collided with a commuter bus that — again — was turning left on Third Street. And just blocks away on Third Street and 16th Street a Muni train and vehicle collided in early 2017 resulting in injuries from someone in the vehicle.

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