7/22 1:11 PM: Three people were hospitalized after a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus driver stopped suddenly to avoid a collision in the city’s South of Market neighborhood on Sunday night, police and Muni officials said today.

The incident was reported around 8:50 p.m. and involved an inbound 49-Mission/Van Ness bus at Mission Street and South Van Ness Avenue, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The bus was in one of two left-turn lanes on eastbound Mission Street and the driver was preparing to turn onto northbound South Van Ness, police spokeswoman Officer Tracy Turner said.

As the bus began to make the turn, the driver of a car in a lane to its left tried to go straight, prompting the Muni driver to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision, Turner said.

After the quick stop, five people on the bus complained of pain. Three were taken to San Francisco General Hospital as a precaution, Turner said.

There was no damage to the bus, Rose said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

7/21 9:40 PM: A Muni bus collided with a car this evening at Mission and South Van Ness streets, according to a Muni spokesman.

An inbound 49 Van Ness/Mission bus collided with an automobile around 8:50 p.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

No information was available on injuries. Buses were being rerouted around the accident, Rose said.

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