MUNI Crash Sends 19 to ER

The injuries were minor to moderate, a San Francisco Fire dispatcher said

A crash involving a MUNI light-rail train and a van in San Francisco's Bayview District has sent more than a dozen people to the hospital, according to a San Francisco Fire dispatcher.

The crash was reported around 1 p.m. near the intersection of 3rd Street and Evans Avenue in the Bayview District. 

MUNI spokesman Paul Rose said the van and light-rail train were traveling parallel on Third Street toward San Francisco's downtown when the van made an illegal left turn onto Evans Avenue in front of the train and the two vehicles collided.

The van crashed into a signal post, which fell and shattered a window on the light-rail train, he said.

Initially, 11 victims were reported to be hurt in the crash and taken to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.  That number to jumped to 19 people by 2:30 p.m.

The crash happened at a busy main commercial street in the City.

A fire officials said 14 people suffered moderate injuries in the collision, and the rest were minor. Most of the patients were sent to San Francisco General Hospital.

Crews on the scene said they thought the crash would not be cleared for a couple hours. 

Photos from the scene show no apparent damage to the MUNI train other than the shattered window. The white van had front end damage and was sitting in the middle of the street. 

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

The crash has prompted major delays on MUNI's KT line. Shuttles were sent to take riders on that line from Mission Rock to Bay Shore Boulevard.

The scene was cleared and the trains were up and running by 5 p.m.

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