muni_generic.jpgSan Francisco Municipal Railway’s Muni Metro service remains disrupted this afternoon due to the derailment of a light rail vehicle near the Castro station, a Muni spokesman said.

The derailment of an outbound vehicle, one headed away from downtown San Francisco, was reported at about 6:35 a.m., spokesman Paul Rose said.

The vehicle remained derailed near the station as of 3:15 p.m. while crews assess the damage to it and the surrounding infrastructure, Rose said.

Crews were trying to repair the vehicle this afternoon, but Rose did not have an estimate for when normal service might be restored.

“We’re trying to get it out of the way safely as quick as possible,” he said.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

“We’re going to have to get the train back on the tracks and out of the way, and take a look at it back at the shop to assess what caused the derailment,” Rose said.

Customers who are traveling outbound between the Castro and West Portal stations on the K-Ingleside, L-Taraval and M-Ocean View lines are being taken by bus shuttle between the two stations.

Inbound service toward downtown “may be slower than normal, but is operational,” Rose said.

The N-Judah and J-Church lines are operating normally, he said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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