One of the faster ways to get around San Francisco using public transportation is to take one of the Muni Metro lines. These trains can often get from one side of the City to another faster than would take a bus. Given that there is less traffic and that they ride on underground rails for parts of their journeys, they can travel much quicker about town than their wheeled counterparts. However, these trains have a huge disadvantage when compared to the bus system: buses can swerve to get out of the way of wayward pedestrians, whereas the trains cannot. All they can do is brake and hope that they do not strike whatever is in front of them.
Unfortunately, this was the situation earlier today in one of the Muni Metro tunnels. At Civic Center Station, an individual said to be moving around in a wheelchair came too close to the edge of the waiting platform. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which interviewed some of the witnesses, the man either fell out of his chair or jumped out of it, directly onto the rails of an oncoming train. The train, which was carrying passengers at the time, could not brake in time to avoid hitting the man. As a result, the train passed directly over him, severing his leg. The man was then pinned underneath the train, which didn’t move any further in order to avoid further injuring the man.
Paramedics arrived at the scene in order to rescue the man from under the train as well as treat his grave injuries. According to witnesses who were present at the scene the man appeared to be alive when paramedics loaded him into the ambulance and took him away. It is not immediately known whether the hospital will be able to reattach the severed limb.
Situations like these should serve as reminders to everyone who takes public transportation here in San Francisco to be watchful of one’s surroundings. Big machines like Muni Metro trains and buses cannot stop in time to avoid striking you, and the injuries can be life0threatening, as is evident in this case. Always be sure to look before crossing railways and streets, and do not try to dash in front of a train in order to make it to the other side before it arrives. The difference can be life changing.
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