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Woman Trapped, Rescued From Under San Francisco Muni Streetcar

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Emergency personnel work to rescue a person trapped under a Muni streetcar, February 23, 2012. (Mark Falkowski)

Emergency personnel work to rescue a person trapped under a Muni streetcar, February 23, 2012. (Mark Falkowski)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman was hospitalized after she tried to walk in between two cars of a San Francisco Municipal Railway N-Judah train Thursday afternoon and became trapped underneath, a police spokesman said.

The incident was reported at 1:23 p.m. at Second Avenue and Irving Street in the Inner Sunset neighborhood.

The woman was on the sidewalk with her dog at the intersection, where the Muni train had stopped, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

Instead of waiting for the train to pass, the woman tried to walk through a space between the two cars of the train but her dog was unable to jump over the part connecting the two train cars, Manfredi said.

At that point, the train began moving again, dragging the woman a short distance before its operator realized what was happening and stopped the vehicle, Manfredi said.

The woman was rescued from under the train and taken to San Francisco General Hospital with only scratches to her arm and leg, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

“She got very, very lucky,” Manfredi said. “If you get caught underneath those metal wheels, they’ll cut you in half.”

The accident disrupted N-Judah service in the area until about 3 p.m., Rose said. Bus shuttles were brought in to accommodate affected riders.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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