Man Cries for God Before Losing His Life in Muni Crash

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM PDT
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The Misadventures of Muni

A man was pinned between Muni buses Wednesday morning before losing his life.

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A man died after being run over by a San Francisco Municipal  Railway bus downtown Wednesday morning, a police lieutenant said.
     
At about 11 a.m., police received reports of an accident involving  a 14-Mission bus another 14-Mission Limited bus, and a pedestrian.

One witness told the San Francisco Chronicle that the man said, "Oh, God, no!" as he was pinned by the second bus.

Police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said the man was walking in a lane of  traffic on Mission Street when he apparently got pinned between the two buses  and then run over by one of them.
     
Emergency responders had to crawl under the bus to access the  victim. Crews lifted the bus, and the victim was quickly extricated and taken  to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:46 a.m.,  Tomioka said.

Mission Street was blocked between Beale and Main streets for  about two and a half hours due to the investigation into the incident. The  road reopened at 1:33 p.m., she said.

Some witnesses initially reported that the victim was a bicyclist,  but no bike was found at the scene, Tomioka said.

Police are not yet releasing the man's identity, and video of the  crash taken from the Muni buses is being withheld pending further  investigation, according to Tomioka.

The drivers of both Muni buses have been placed on non-driving  status and tested for drugs and alcohol, per normal procedure, according to  Muni spokesman Murray Bond.

Muni service was back to normal by the afternoon after being  rerouted for a few hours after the incident, Bond said.
 

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