7:35 PM: The Chron reports that the pedestrian injured in the collision was “‘was conscious and talking, gave the thumbs-up’ at the scene of the accident, said Fire Department Battalion Chief Zach Pumphrey.”

As for how they moved the train to free the man, apparently, “rescue crews, using air bags and jacks, lifted the train about a foot to free the man.”

Muni Diaries also has photos of the resulting backup, you can see them here.

7:05 PM (BCN): A man was seriously injured late this afternoon when he was struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail vehicle in the city’s Oceanview neighborhood, police said.

The man was crossing the road near the intersection of Randolph and Ramsell streets when he was hit by an M Ocean View line train at about 4:30 p.m.

He was trapped beneath the train and San Francisco Fire Department crews responded to lift the light rail vehicle and free him. Police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said he was taken to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Shuttles temporarily took passengers in both directions between Geneva and San Jose avenues and the West Portal Muni station.

Muni spokeswoman Kristen Holland said the intersection was clear and regular service had resumed by about 6:15 p.m.

As per standard procedure, the train’s operator will be drug tested and placed on non-driving status pending an investigation into the incident, Holland said.

5:58 PM: OK, now Muni is saying that “as of 5:49 p.m., per SFFD, pedestrian was transported with non-life threatening injuries. Pedestrian had not been under the wheel of the vehicle.” Which is kind of opposite of what they told us earlier, but still, good news.

They also say shuttle buses remain in place between Geneva and San Jose avenues and West Portal station.

5:17 PM: MTA spokesperson Kristen Holland recants, saying that the accident has NOT been cleared, and that shuttle buses continue to run between Geneva and San Jose avenues and West Portal station.

5:04 PM: M Ocean View Muni service was delayed for about 30 minutes this afternoon when, according to MTA spokesperson Kristen Holland, an inbound M collided with a pedestrian at Randolph and Ramsell streets at 4:30 this afternoon.

Holland reports that the pedestrian was trapped beneath the vehicle, which SFFD had to lift in order to transport the accident victim to a local hospital. The pedestrian’s injuries are still unknown.

The M was returned to regular service at 5 PM, though some residual delays can be expected.

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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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