Operator error likely cause in San Francisco Muni crash that injured 5

Legal news for California train accident attorneys. A collision between a train and a car injured five people on Thursday.

California train accident lawyers alert- A crash between a Muni Metro light rail vehicle and a street car injured five people.

San Francisco, CA—A collision between a San Francisco Municipal Railway Muni Metro train and a historic streetcar injured five people on Thursday, February 18, 2010. Officials believe that operator error was the likely cause behind the 6:20 a.m. crash, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

According to Muni officials, an inbound J-Church light rail vehicle traveling just over the 35-mph speed limit, at 39-mph, when it slammed into the rear-end of a F-Market historic streetcar. The streetcar was apparently on the San Jose Avenue right-of-way near Highland Avenue. The streetcar was reportedly exiting the yard when it had to stop behind another Muni vehicle, when the collision occurred. Two female passengers on the J-Church vehicle and the operator of the streetcar were injured in the wreck. The victims were rushed by responding emergency medical services (EMS) teams to area hospitals for treatment of their undisclosed “non life-threatening” injuries. Medical professionals treated two more passengers who were on the J-Church vehicle at the scene. There were not any reported passengers on the F-Market streetcar. Officials believe that human is error is the likely cause. The operator of the light-rail vehicle has been tested for drugs and alcohol, which is common when an accident occurs.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California train accident lawyers.

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