Update 9:32: ABC7 is reporting that “The person driving the truck is being investigated for a DUI after an open bottle of alcohol was found under the steering wheel.”

Tipsters alerted us to a “big Muni accident that blocked southbound Potrero” this morning. An email to MTA spokesperson Kristen Holland got us a swift response: she says that at 5:10 this morning, a pick up truck reportedly rear-ended a 9 San Bruno bus. Three people, all passengers of the truck, were injured, and taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The bus did not have any passengers and the Muni operator was not injured.

The 9 and 33 Stanyan lines were disrupted, so service on the 9 was re-routed around the accident and the 33 switched back at 17th and Kansas. SFPD started letting Muni back through the area by 7:55, and by 8:15, the scene was cleared.

Unfortunately, as happens frequently, no alert was sent to riders or 511 regarding this rush-hour service disruption. We asked Holland why that was, but have not received a response. Update: Holland says she will look into why no alert went out and let us know. And you will when we do.

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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 eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Megan Allison

    I can totally identify with the indignation that no alert was given to the public, but from a “pick your battles” standpoint, (a) the 33 isn’t really a commuter line (unless you are going from an all night bender on Haight to detox at SF General, or you know I guess people work there too), and the on the 9-San Bruno (headline reads “9 Bryant” FYI, confusing possibly to the light smattering of people who use the 27-Bryant) the commute direction is northbound on Potrero, not so much southbound. (It wasn’t clear whether the N/B direction was also blocked?)

  • Megan Allison

    I can totally identify with the indignation that no alert was given to the public, but from a “pick your battles” standpoint, (a) the 33 isn’t really a commuter line (unless you are going from an all night bender on Haight to detox at SF General, or you know I guess people work there too), and the on the 9-San Bruno (headline reads “9 Bryant” FYI, confusing possibly to the light smattering of people who use the 27-Bryant) the commute direction is northbound on Potrero, not so much southbound. (It wasn’t clear whether the N/B direction was also blocked?)

  • Eve Batey

    I don’t know that I’d characterize this report as “indignation,” but, as noted, this is another in a line of Muni communication failures.

    And I don’t know that just because a route doesn’t go to, what, downtown, doesn’t make it a line that people ride to and from work. People work places besides the Financial District.

  • Eve Batey

    I don’t know that I’d characterize this report as “indignation,” but, as noted, this is another in a line of Muni communication failures.

    And I don’t know that just because a route doesn’t go to, what, downtown, doesn’t make it a line that people ride to and from work. People work places besides the Financial District.

  • Plug1

    who is Kristen Holland? did Judson jump the ship?

  • Plug1

    who is Kristen Holland? did Judson jump the ship?

  • Eve Batey

    Kristin’s worked there for a while. She’s the go-to when Judson is on vacation, but also does a lot of other things, like send out those weekend Muni schedules, stuff like that. She’s cool.

  • Eve Batey

    Kristin’s worked there for a while. She’s the go-to when Judson is on vacation, but also does a lot of other things, like send out those weekend Muni schedules, stuff like that. She’s cool.

  • Plug1

    not to get too off topic…but….

    you know what? they all seem nice, actually. even Fare Inspector #32 now smiles and says “whats up” to me if we see each other.

    Muni needs to hire a Social Media person to update Twitter, 311, etc with all of the relevant updates. start a Flickr group for images, make mugs, t-shirts, etc. start archiving things like roller bars, Fast Passes, adverts with 3 penises on the side, etc, etc.

    and you know what else? i would LOVE to be that guy. one can dream, right?

  • Plug1

    not to get too off topic…but….

    you know what? they all seem nice, actually. even Fare Inspector #32 now smiles and says “whats up” to me if we see each other.

    Muni needs to hire a Social Media person to update Twitter, 311, etc with all of the relevant updates. start a Flickr group for images, make mugs, t-shirts, etc. start archiving things like roller bars, Fast Passes, adverts with 3 penises on the side, etc, etc.

    and you know what else? i would LOVE to be that guy. one can dream, right?

  • LibertyHiller

    I’m jaded after 22 years on the J-line, I guess; I have learned to expect the mushroom treatment from Muni. The idea that they might actually send out alerts if a line was running behind by more than, say, 10 minutes is wonderful, but Twitter would probably melt down or something from the traffic load.

    Just for giggles and grins, I take occasional glances at the daily service reports, and you know what? Absenteeism among Muni drivers is 20-25% on any given day. Maybe once since they started posting them this spring have I seen that figure dip below 19%. That is simply disgusting and an insult to anyone who actually works for a living.

  • LibertyHiller

    I’m jaded after 22 years on the J-line, I guess; I have learned to expect the mushroom treatment from Muni. The idea that they might actually send out alerts if a line was running behind by more than, say, 10 minutes is wonderful, but Twitter would probably melt down or something from the traffic load.

    Just for giggles and grins, I take occasional glances at the daily service reports, and you know what? Absenteeism among Muni drivers is 20-25% on any given day. Maybe once since they started posting them this spring have I seen that figure dip below 19%. That is simply disgusting and an insult to anyone who actually works for a living.

  • Matt Baume

    The 33 was a commuter line for me — I took it every day from the Richmond to the Mission where I worked for a little over a year. I think the other people riding it at 8am were probably going to work, too.

  • Matt Baume

    The 33 was a commuter line for me — I took it every day from the Richmond to the Mission where I worked for a little over a year. I think the other people riding it at 8am were probably going to work, too.