8/12 4:00 PM (BCN): A 56-year-old woman struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar Tuesday afternoon is expected to recover from her injuries, police said today.
The accident took place just after 4 p.m. at Market and Ninth streets.
Witnesses told police the woman stepped off the sidewalk and appeared to not have been paying attention when a Muni F-line streetcar hit her.
The woman, who is not a city resident, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive, police said.
Muni has come under greater scrutiny in recent weeks after two serious accidents, one July 18 in which a Muni train struck the rear of a second train at the West Portal Station, injuring nearly 50 people, and another Aug. 3 in which another streetcar struck a sport utility vehicle at Market and Noe streets, injuring six.
The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on Muni safety procedures in the wake of the two accidents on Monday.
5:55 PM: Muni is reporting that the accident is cleared.
5:40 PM: We’re told that traffic is still blocked on Market between 8th and 8th. If you’re driving, avoid the area, and if you’re taking Muni, may we suggest the underground until Civic Station, and surface thereafter?
5:08 PM: The Appeal’s Chris Roberts is on the scene. He spoke to Muni spokesperson Judson True, who said that a woman, age and name unknown, stepped off the outbound platform in front of aslowly moving F Line car number 1056 (it was just pulling in to the platform), which “clipped her.” She was not pinned under the train, and was transported to SF General, with injuries described by the SFFD as “non life threatening” We do not know if her intention was to board the train.
Witness Geneva Davis, of SF, saw the woman in between the platform and the train car “she was bleeding, but that’s all I saw, there was no shouting or hulabaloo.”
4:36 PM: Muni tells us that “service on the F Market Line has been disrupted due to an accident involving a pedestrian and an F Line streetcar at Market and 9th streets”
They say that the F will “switchback at the Ferry Building and at 11th Street. Muni bus shuttles will be deployed in between The Embarcadero and Van Ness Avenue. Traffic will be delayed in this area.”
According to Muni, the fire department says the full extent of the pedestrian injuries is unknown, “but do not appear to be life-threatening.”