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9:04 PM: Streetsblog reports that Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who was on the scene’ was “devastated.” Again? Damn you, Muni. How much devastation can one man take?

8:51 PM: Muni says that “as of 8:43 p.m., the incident below cleared and the F Market returned to regular service.” Next up, presumably: the crash investigation.

8:21 PM: Bay City News is reporting that the car was a Nissan Pathfinder, that shuttle buses are still taking the place of the Fm and that traffic at the intersection of Market and Noe” would likely be affected for a couple hours” They also have a good account from a passenger, here it is:

One passenger said it appeared the rear streetcar struck the Pathfinder, which then hit the stopped second streetcar, but True said police will investigate the official cause of the crash.

Andrew Sartorius, 21, and his boyfriend Gene Cain, 35, both of Roseville, were on the rear streetcar and said it appeared the operator was distracted and engaged in a conversation with a passenger prior to the crash.

Sartorius, who came to San Francisco with Cain to see the musical “Wicked,” said “people fell out of their seats” due to the impact.

Sartorius sustained a bruised elbow and Cain, who had his arm around Sartorius during the crash, suffered a wrist injury.

“I didn’t think nothing of it because it was just a little redness in my hand,” Cain said of his injury. “Then it started swelling up.”

8:12 PM: Here’s what everyone else is saying: Chron: Historic Muni streetcars, vehicle collide CBS5 shouts SF: UPDATE: SIX INJURED IN CRASH INVOLVING TWO MUNI STREETCARS AND SUV KCBS: MUNI Accident Leaves Six Injured KGO: Six Hurt in SF Muni Collision CBS5: 2 SF Muni Street Cars Crush Passenger Car AP via SJ Merc: Muni trains, SUV involved in crash KTVU: Six Injured In Market Street Muni Crash, ABC7: Car crashes with 2 Muni streetcars

7:35 PM: OK,that terrible iPhone photo is but a memory, here are th photos Tim Ehhalt took of the scene. What it looks like — and this is just speculation, of course — is that the tan and red car was stopped, the SUV was in between (on that stretch or Market, are cars allowed on the tracks? We can’t recall) and the orange car came from behind, hitting the SUV and smashing it between the two. But, who knows?

7:00 PM: We got the alert from Muni at arounf 7: “As of 5:46 p.m., F Market service has been disrupted by an accident between two F Market historic streetcars, both traveling outbound, and an automobile, on Market Street near Noe Street. Injuries have been reported but the number and severity are not known at this time.”

We were close enough to stop by the scene, take some pictures, and to check in with MTA spokesperson Judson True. We’ll have those pictures up soon (the one now is just a crappy iPhone pic), so we’ll tell you that we observed: basically, two F Market streetcars with a tan SUV mashed in between them.

True told us that he’s been told by the SFFD that six people were injured, with two of those people being transported to local hospitals. Those people were reportedly the driver of the car and the operator of the second (that is, the one that probably did the hitting of the car) streetcar. He didn’t have many more details, but as soon as we know more you shall.

Another email we just received from Muni says that, in addition, “three people were treated at the scene and released and another person refused aid. Injuries were described as non-life threatening.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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