Truck hits Muni train; driver dies

A collision with a J-Church train heading into Noe Valley on Tuesday afternoon killed the driver of a heavy-duty pickup truck.

A GMC Sierra driving down a steep section of 21st Street hit the tail end of the train as it exited a narrow corridor above Dolores Park. The driver, a man in his 60s, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later.

Investigators from Muni and the San Francisco Police Department were called to the collision site just after 1:10 p.m. Trains were turned back and commuters told to take shuttle buses.

The pickup truck’s front end was crushed like a paper cup and the airbag wilted from the steering wheel.

The man’s identity was not released by Tuesday evening. Neighbors said they didn’t recognize the truck, which had a license-plate holder that indicated it came from Colma. A disabled placard hung from the rearview mirror inside the truck.

“It appears as if the man failed to stop at a stop sign while driving at a high rate of speed,” police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries to the train operator or passengers, though the train sustained damage near the bottom rear.

Service between 16th Street and San Jose Avenue resumed just after 4 p.m.

bbegin@examiner.com

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