Slow-Speed Muni Crash Sends Woman to Hospital

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 6:55 PM PDT
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Slow-Speed Muni Crash Sends Woman to Hospital

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Some people don't mind having their picture taken on Muni but then again they don't work for the transit agency.

A San Francisco historic streetcar struck a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon near the corner of Market and 9th, disrupting service for a time on the F-Market line.

Injuries to the woman did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Muni.  The train was going very slowly at the time of impact.

A resident of the Chase Hotel on Market Street saw the woman lying  in the road as she was walking home. Geneva Davis, 29, said the woman who had  been hit looked stiff and was bleeding, and she appeared to be about 40 years  old.

The F Line will avoid the area and switch back at the Ferry Building and at 11th Street. Muni bus shuttles will run between the Embarcadero and Van Ness Avenue. Muni said those traveling in the area should expect delays.

The incident, which appears to be the woman's fault, comes as city and Muni officials struggle to reassure Muni riders that the system is safe. Earlier this summer two incidents on Muni caught the public's attention. In July, dozens of people were hurt when a light-rail train slammed into the back of a stopped train at the West Portal station. Then on Aug. 3, an F-line train hit an SUV, shoving it into the back of another streetcar. Six people were hurt in that crash.  

Unlike today's incident, both earlier accidents are being blamed on operator error.

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