A chain reaction crash involving four vehicles including the 49 bus on Ocean Avenue at approximately 11:30 a.m. resulted in two people being rushed to the hospital and shut down the thoroughfare for hours.
The accident looked like a scene from a Hollywood movie. A white pick-up truck was on top of a grey Ford Taurus perpendicular to the Muni bus. The collision resulted in a domino effect, ramming into a blue Volvo and a white car that was already at a stop.
“It all happened so fast,” Barajas said. “I heard screeching tires, and the tan Torres hit me from behind, and I just started going up in the air.”
The Taurus hit Fernando Barajas’s truck from behind as he was stopping at a red light, according to Barajas.
The accident left the bus with a broken window, spreading shattered glass on the concrete. The Taurus was crushed under the truck, its air bags blown out and gasoline leaking onto the street.
San Francisco Police and Fire departments and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency personnel responded immediately.
The bus driver and passengers evacuated promptly. The driver declined to comment as did the police until further investigation.
The two people rushed to the hospital were a male and a female in the Taurus.
After SFMTA personnel fixed the overhead wires, the intersection reopened at 2:00 p.m.
This report was written and photographed by students in City College of San Francisco’s Department of Journalism.
Multiple vehicle accident on Feb. 12 at the intersection of Ocean, Geneva and Phelan avenues. Photograph courtesy of Franchon Smith/The Guardsman