A collision between a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail vehicle
and a police car resulted in the hospitalization of four people on the
morning of December 30. The accident occurred at the intersection of Third
Street and 22nd Street when the streetcar struck the police vehicle’s
driver’s side while travelling north on the T-Third line, according to
The San Jose Mercury News.
The collision occurred around 5:45 am and resulted in the T-Third line
being shut down for around two hours as the intersection was closed for
investigation and repairs for a traffic signal damaged in the crash. The
accident injured the two officers who were in the police vehicle, the
driver of the light rail vehicle, and a female passenger onboard the vehicle.
The officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital while the driver
and passenger were transported to California Pacific Medical Center’s
St. Luke campus. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
While mass transit vehicles, such as trolleys, are rarely involved in
accidents, such occurrences typically result in severe injuries for those
affected. Mass transit vehicles often lack restraint systems and some
vehicles feature a more open design which puts passengers at risk for
ejection of being struck directly by another vehicle.
Like all vehicle accidents, mass transit crashes can result in both severe
and life-threatening injuries to everyone involved. If you or a loved
one has been injured in such an accident due to the negligence or recklessness
of another party, the skilled
San Mateo mass transit accident attorneys at Van Der Walde & Associates can aid you in finding compensation
from those responsible. For a free consultation on your case, call our
offices today at (800) 900-0863.