Wednesday News Roundup
Collision on L-Taraval Line Causes Delays for Morning Commuters
A collision between a truck and a light-rail vehicle this morning caused delays for commuters, according to a San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency spokesman.
The collision occurred at 5:47 a.m. when a truck attempted to make a left turn in front of an L-Taraval train as it pulled out of the train yard
at Third and 16th streets, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
No injuries were reported but both the truck and train sustained damage in the collision and the train had to be taken out of service, Rose said.
Because the train was stopped near the exit to the train yard, it blocked some other trains, causing gaps in service on other lines including
the N-Judah and K-Ingleside/T-Third line.
Muni ran shuttles to help fill the gaps until the incident cleared shortly after 6:30 a.m., Rose said.
A second, separate incident also caused delays later in the morning on the K-Ingleside/T-Third line, Rose said.
Around 8:40 a.m., an inbound train had a door that would not open and had to be taken out of service, causing delays. That incident cleared shortly before 9 a.m.
Motocyclist Injured in Collision with MUNI Bus in Mission District
A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the city’s Mission District Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
The collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. when the motorcyclist, a 42-year-old man, lost control of his bike while riding south on Mission Street at what police described as a “high rate of speed.”
The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike, which struck the front end of a 14-Mission Muni bus that was stopped at 22nd and Mission streets to
pick up passengers.
The motorcyclist lost consciousness at the scene and was taken to a hospital with a broken clavicle, where he was treated and later released.
No bus passengers were injured. The collision did not cause any damage to the bus or delays on Muni routes, according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose.
One of Frisco5 Hunger Strikers Hospitalized
One of the five people conducting a hunger strike outside San Francisco’s Mission Police Station was taken to the hospital today, according to a spokeswoman for the group.
Selassie Blackwell, one of five people dubbed the #Frisco5 who have refrained from eating since April 21 in protest of recent police killings in San Francisco, is in the hospital this afternoon, according to group spokeswoman Yayne Abeba.
Abeba said she would release more information on Blackwell’s condition once she has spoken to his doctor.
The group is calling for Mayor Ed Lee to fire police Chief Greg Suhr, or for Suhr to resign.
Hundreds of protesters in support of the hunger strikers marched to City Hall on Tuesday in an attempt to meet with Lee, pushing the five
hunger strikers in wheelchairs.
After learning Lee was not in City Hall that afternoon, some of the protesters then interrupted the Board of Supervisors meeting that was in
session, prompting Board President London Breed to call a recess.
During the recess, some of the supervisors held an impromptu conversation with the protesters, in some cases agreeing with the need for reforms but refusing to endorse calls for Suhr to be fired.
The group later marched to a planned police accountability forum at Congregation Sherith Israel at 2266 California St., where Suhr and Public
Defender Jeff Adachi were scheduled to speak. Suhr canceled his appearance, citing security concerns.
Suhr has been dogged by repeated calls from activists for his resignation since the Dec. 2 fatal police shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview District.
Those calls were only intensified by the April 7 shooting of Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old homeless immigrant who was shot by police near a tent encampment on Shotwell Street, only blocks from the Mission Police Station.
In both cases, police have said the men were armed with a knife.
Suhr has said previously that he does not plan to resign, but instead plans to implement reforms including revisions in the department’s policy around the handling of incidents involving suspects with knives and other edged weapons.