Police and firefighters worked feverishly to rescue a pedestrian accident victim who was pinned by a Muni bus in the Mission District Sunday. The man was struck by the bus at the intersection of Fifth and Mission streets in San Francisco around 12:19 p.m. The man was pinned under two tires after the pedestrian accident. Emergency personnel used wooden planks to lift the bus of the accident victim. Authorities say the man pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
A 23-year-old woman who had lived in San Francisco for less than a month was struck and killed Friday in the Castro district. The woman had just finished speaking with her mother on the phone about how she loved her new job in San Francisco. She stepped into the street and almost made it all the way across the street when a Muni bus struck her down.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board approved a multi-million dollar settlement agreement involving a 2008 bicycle accident. A San Francisco resident was struck down in an intersection as he was crossing the Lower Great Highway near Ocean Beach on November 20, 2008. A personal injury lawsuit involving the San Francisco bike accident claimed the bus operator failed to stop while turning left onto the highway.
Many San Francisco residents may remember a tragic 2009 MUNI accident in which 46 passengers and two train operators were injured at the city's West Portal station. The incident occurred in July when an incoming train failed to stop correctly and proceeded to crash into another light rail vehicle already parked at the station.
Dorothy Dugger, the general manager of BART, was offered nearly $1 million in severance pay following her decision to resign yesterday. Dugger's position has been in jeopardy since February 10, when BART's board voted to fire her, although that vote was rescinded because the meeting that was conducted violated state open-meeting laws. A board committee has since been negotiating with Dugger and has proposed a $958,000 settlement, which includes the $600,000 in severance pay that Dugger would have been owed if terminated, plus an additional $350,000 to avoid potential litigation.
Last week, our blog highlighted the California Public Utilities Commission report accusing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency of regularly committing explicit passenger safety violation. The report revealed a variety of issues, including track defects and problems with the subway train control system.
The Public Utilities Commission reported last month that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has repeatedly violated state, federal, and various safety codes, endangering Muni passengers and resulting in unsafe operations. Inspectors conducted over twenty inspections between July 2009 and January 2011, and found track deterioration, malfunctions with automatic train control, poor maintenance, and failure to implement safety procedures. The CPUC also expressed concern over the failure of Muni officials to respond promptly to these concerns.