police-light-bar1.jpg5:54 PM: University of California, San Francisco shuttle bus was rear-ended this morning near San Francisco General Hospital, sending at least three victims to local hospitals, a police spokesman said.

A white Toyota Camry apparently ran into a blue Honda Accord, which then ran into the UCSF shuttle on southbound Portrero Avenue near 22nd Street at about 11:20 a.m., San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Fifteen victims were involved in the incident, Andraychak said.

At least three victims were transported to local hospitals to be treated for injuries that officials said were not life threatening.

The shuttle had been stopped at a red light at the time of the incident, according to a UCSF employee who was on the shuttle during the crash.

“We hit our heads on the headrest of the shuttle seats because we don’t have seat belts in the shuttle,” said the employee, who declined to give her name.

She said two of her UCSF coworkers and the shuttle driver were among those taken to the hospital, but that their injuries did not appear to be serious.

The airbags of the Toyota and Honda deployed, and the drivers in both cars were also transported to local hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, Andraychak said.

Officers shut down Portrero Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets shortly after arriving at the scene. The streets remained closed until about 1:30 p.m., Andraychak said.

The shuttle bus was on its regular route between the 16th Street BART station, the Mission Center, and San Francisco General Hospital, said Jon Gledhill, director of UCSF Transportation Services.

The shuttle buses take employees and patients throughout the UCSF campus network in San Francisco, covering 16 routes. The vans travel 1 million miles each year and carry 2.3 million passengers annually, according to officials at UCSF.

12:52 PM: A University of California at San Francisco shuttle bus was involved in a crash near San Francisco General Hospital this morning that sent five people to the hospital, a fire dispatcher said.

The collision, which also involved a blue Honda Accord and a white Toyota Camry, was reported shortly before 11:20 a.m. at 22nd Street and Potrero Avenue.

Passengers at the scene said the shuttle had been rear-ended.

When firefighters arrived, they reported between 15 and 25 potential patients, but only five required transport to the hospital, the dispatcher said.

A UCSF employee who was on the shuttle when the crash happened said the shuttle was stopped at a light when she heard a crash and felt a bump.

“We hit our heads on the headrest of the shuttle seats because we don’t have seat belts in the shuttle,” said the employee, who declined to give her name.

She said two of her coworkers and the shuttle driver were among those taken to the hospital, but that their injuries did not appear to be serious.

At about 12:30 p.m., Potrero Avenue was still shut down between 21st and 22nd streets, and all three vehicles involved were still at the scene. Deployed airbags could be seen inside the two sedans.

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  • phuong

    A UCSF shuttle transporting employees crashes near SF General, which hospital were they taken to?

  • phuong

    A UCSF shuttle transporting employees crashes near SF General, which hospital were they taken to?