10:30 AM: MTA spokesperson Judson True has confirmed the accident, telling us that it happened at 8:32 this morning, “when the tour bus reportedly rear-ended a 9X Muni bus.” He says that “here were no initial reports of injury but the Muni Operator was later transported to the hospital with a minor injury.” He also says the accident is now cleared.

We’re still getting reports that traffic in the area is delayed, so that’s another place to avoid.

9:48 AM: The Appeal’s own Becca Hirschman reports an accident involving Muni and a tour bus on 4th Street just south of Market, saying:

There was a double-decker-type Grey Line San Francisco sightseeing bus that had, by the looks of it, side swiped the front left side of a MUNI bus, possibly a 9x. The back right side of the tourist bus was dinged up, and the MUNI bus looked a little worse for wear on the front left side.

At least 4 SFPD officers were on the scene, as was an ambulance. Both buses were emptied out and shut down. As I hopped on my 45, the driver asked what had happened, and it seemed like MUNI dispatch wasn’t communicating to the drivers how to go around the accident and pick up passengers.

We’ve reached out to MTA spokesperson Judson True and will let you know when we get more details.

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