8:38 AM: Four people were hospitalized, including two police officers, when a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail vehicle struck the side of a police car in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood this morning, authorities said.
The crash was reported shortly before 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of Third and 22nd streets.
A Muni vehicle on the T-Third line was traveling north on Third Street when it struck the driver’s side of a marked police car, police spokesman Sgt. Daryl Fong said.
The Muni vehicle was not going at a high speed, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Two officers in the police car suffered minor injuries in the crash, as did the male Muni operator and a female passenger on the LRV, Fong said.
The two officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital while the two people on the Muni vehicle were taken to California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s campus. All four victims’ injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said.
Bus shuttles took Muni passengers along the T-Third line for about two hours while the intersection was shut down, Muni spokesman Paul Rose.
Service resumed at about 7:45 a.m. when the intersection was reopened and the Muni vehicle was taken to a maintenance yard for repairs, Rose said.
Muni crews remained at the intersection as of 8:20 a.m. to repair a traffic signal damaged in the crash, he said.
Rose said Muni and police officials are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
7:44 AM: Four people were injured, including two police officers, when a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail vehicle collided with a police car in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood this morning, Muni and fire department officials said.
The crash was reported at about 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of Third and 22nd streets, where the T-Third Muni vehicle and a police car collided, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
The Muni vehicle broadsided the police car but was not going at a high speed, said fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.
The two officers in the police vehicle were transported to the hospital, as were the Muni operator and a passenger in the light-rail vehicle, Talmadge said.
All of the injuries are considered minor and not life-threatening, she said.
Rose said Muni and police officials are “still investigating the specific cause of the incident.”
Both vehicles remained in the intersection as of 7:30 a.m. while investigators inspected them, according to an employee at the nearby Just For You Cafe.
Rose said the intersection was closed and Muni will be running bus shuttles along the T-Third line to supplement service until further notice.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News