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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Muni Crash on Market Wasn't Actually a Hit and Run, Officials Say

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

click to enlarge One of many Muni crashes, but not this one
  • One of many Muni crashes, but not this one

Earlier today, we read an amusing report about a Muni-on-Muni hit-and-run accident, where the bus driver purportedly crashed into a trolley car and fled the scene. If it seems a little hard to believe that a Muni driver would do this without getting caught, that's because it is.

Muni officials confirmed this afternoon that the accident did happen: The bus driver did hit the trolley car in downtown, but he didn't leave the scene, per se.

Here is what happened, according to Muni:

About 1:33 p.m. the 71-bus veered onto the trolley tracks at Market and Second streets. The bus driver hit the F-line car, causing moderate damage to the bus and light damage to the trolley, said Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni.

Here's where the misunderstanding might have occurred: Per Muni's instructions, the bus continued on, moving out of the way so that the accident didn't cause a traffic jam, Rose told us. Operators instructed the street car to move to the side so it could be sent back for repairs.

There were no injuries.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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