muni_generic.jpgYesterday, Muni Diaries published a reader account of an incident on a Muni light rail vehicle during the morning rush at Church Station.

“(T)his chick got her arm stuck in the door. Like in the sliding track…her left arm and elbow. I watched her scream with hysteria. Originally, she’d been very busy trying to cram on to the very full train, and getting angry….Somehow, they got her arm out. She had a pretty big bruise on the bone of her elbow…She was distraught (and I would be too).”

Is this a thing? Can this happen? We’ve all been on trains with doors that won’t close because someone’s bag/coat/vestigial tail are in the way, so what went wrong here? Should one be more careful before trying to cram oneself onto (given Muni’s most recent round of service cuts) trains that seem to be more crowded than ever before?

We emailed the SFMTA’s media relations folks nearly 8 hours ago seeking answers to these questions, and have not heard word one back. No phone call, no email, no nothing, so if you want to know how a fate like this befell this unnamed woman, I guess you’re on your own.

Or maybe not! You readers are a smart bunch, what do you think, how could this happen. What could go wrong with an LRV’s doors to cause this?

the author

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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