UCSF Professor Dead, 3 Hurt In Shuttle Bus, Big-Rig Crash

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A professor was killed and three others were hurt on Thursday when a University of California, San Francisco shuttle bus collided with a big-rig transporting cars in the city’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

The crash occured at the intersection of Octavia Boulevard and Oak Street around 6:20 a.m., SFPD Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

The big-rig was heading north on Octavia and the driver maintained he had a green light when his truck collided with the UCSF shuttle bus that was headed east on Oak while taking San Francisco General Hospital employees to work.

A man was ejected from the shuttle bus and died at the scene. The San Francisco coroner identified the victim to CBS 5 as 52-year old Kevin Mack, a UCSF associate professor and was a psychiatrist who had also worked at SF General.

Leslie Dubbin, General Hospital’s director for clinical operations, described Mack to San Francisco Weekly as “a lovely, generous, kind soul. He will be sadly missed.”

Two women and a man on the shuttle bus were also injured and hospitalized; officials said they ranged in age from 58 to 85 years old and were listed in fair or good condition.

Assistant Fire Chief Art Kenney estimated that there were about a dozen people in all on the shuttle at the time of the crash.

The driver of the big-rig, identified by his employer as Victor Shkoda, was not injured.

The big-rig was carrying several cars and suffered damage to the left front end. The front right side of the shuttle bus near the door was crushed inward and a side window was broken.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. But according to a dispatcher at Mag Transportation in South Carolina, Shkoda had called in to report he was “driving down the hill, I had the green light and from nowhere the bus came.”

The dispatcher spoke to CBS 5 on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly for the employer about the accident.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes Hayes Valley, was at the scene of the accident after it occured. He called Octavia “a fabulous boulevard, but it has its challenges, especially for drivers who aren’t familiar with San Francisco and rely on GPS.”

Mirkarimi also brought up the issue of seat belts on shuttle buses, noting, “Quite clearly a seat belt could have potentially helped.”

SFFD’s Kenney said the UCSF shuttle did not have seat belts.

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Octavia Boulevard was shut down between Market and Fell streets after the crash, and didn’t reopen until shortly after 11 a.m.

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  1. Miss Dee says:

    What a terrible way to go. My thoughts go out to the family.

    1. turtle says:

      Why don’t buses have seat belts?

  2. chan says:

    White, blue or green. What does the color of the man’s skin have to do with this????

    1. BigBob says:

      you need help with your reading skills, sorry to say.

  3. sluggo says:

    I see no mention of skin color in article. What were you reading?

    1. mechanic says:

      Up until a few minutes ago, the article said: ” A white man in his 40’s was ejected from the shuttle bus ……” Some duffus at the CBS News site finally changed the wording. Chan was not dreaming when he made his (good) comment.

  4. matt says:

    I have no clue who is at fault in this accident BUT I do want to vent … I have rode the UCSF shuttles in the past and I feel far from safe riding on iit . They fly through red lights, stop signs, and take corners WAY to fast. NOTE TO UCSF**** SCREEN YOUR DRIVERS*****
    UCSF NEEDS TO WAKE THE F UP- AND UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE NATION ON THESE BUSES. THESE PEOPLE ARE CHANGIING HEALTH CARE AS WE KNOW IT AND WILL SAVE HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN THEIR LIFETIME. THE LAST THING THEY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IS THERE RIDE TO WORK OR HOME FROM ONE OF THERE 15 HOUR SHIFTS -SO UPSET WITH THIS-DEEPEST REGARDS TO THE FAMILY

  5. giro says:

    After that shuttle hit and killed that women last year, I don’t step in front of taxis and I don’t step in front of UC shuttle buses. Been on the shuttles, and drivers go way to fast.

  6. Bruce Keegan says:

    Belts on shuttle busses fine. On Muni, NOT FINE.
    Can you imagine how many expensive bets would be slashed at huige cost to an aready struggling Muni?

  7. JaneQPublic says:

    Skin color MAY have been relevant in the original EARLY article when the person’s identity was not yet known. In that case, skin color, gender, time of the accident, and the vehicle involved (UCSF shuttle) may have been the only clues that family members or friends may have had as to WHO the injured person might be.

  8. tn says:

    Not to change the subject but what, is Murakami trying to say? “Quite clearly, could, potentially?”- same as a weatherman saying “It’s pretty definite there could be a 50% to 70% chance of rain…”

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