Truck sparks SoMa crashes

A man driving a work truck Tuesday afternoon struck a car, rear-ended a Muni bus and then smashed into another car in the intersection of Fourth and Howard streets, sending two people to the hospital and causing three bus lines to be rerouted for more than an hour, police say.

Driving along Fourth Street near Minna Street, the man in the truck rear-ended a car, stopped for a moment, then continued driving, only to strike the rear-end of a stationary Muni bus at 12:50 p.m., according to police Officer Jason Hui.

The truck “bounced off the Muni bus and continued into the intersection [Fourth and Howard streets] and T-boned a Honda vehicle,” Hui said. The Honda bounced off and hit a different truck, which hit another car.

The two passengers in the Honda sustained broken bones and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, according to Hui.

“The driver was suffering from an illness and was on his way home from work,” Hui said. The driver claims his illness was the cause of his getting into the accident, Hui said. The driver was also transported to the hospital.

There was no damage to the Muni bus and no bus riders were injured as a result of the accident, according to Maggie Lynch, a Muni spokeswoman. Three bus lines were rerouted until 2:10 p.m., she said.

The driver was not arrested and the accident remains under investigation, according to Hui.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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