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Insurance Won’t Cover Damage To Torched SF Muni Bus

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An eyewitness recorded video of a a man torching a Muni bus at the intersection of Market Street & Third Street on October 29, 2012. (SFPD)

An eyewitness recorded video of a a man torching a Muni bus at the intersection of Market Street & Third Street on October 29, 2012. (SFPD)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco Municipal Railway is out about $1 million because its insurance does not cover the damage caused by vandals who set a bus on fire during revelry after the Giants’ World Series win, a Muni spokesman said Monday.

The 8X-Bayshore Express bus, which initially cost about $700,000 and had an additional $300,000 in rehabilitative work done on it recently, was set ablaze at Market and Third streets about 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 29.

Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the agency’s insurance policy does not cover the damage caused by the arson.

That means Muni is responsible for the tab, aside from any restitution paid by people who may be found responsible for the vandalism.

The bus driver and eight passengers were able to safely escape before the vandals smashed its windows and set the vehicle on fire.

The driver, Alan Yam, will be honored at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors meeting on Tuesday for keeping everyone safe, Rose said.

Those responsible for the arson remain at large but were captured on a video recorded by a bystander. The video was released by police last week and is available online at www.vimeo.com/52506635.

A picture taken by a San Francisco Chronicle photographer helped lead to the arrest of Gregory Tyler Graniss, 22, who police believe smashed the windshield of the bus with part of a police barricade.

Graniss is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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