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San Francisco Muni Bus Hit, Kills Bicyclist In SoMa

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Scene of a fatal bicycle crash with a San Francisco Muni bus at 11th and Bryant streets, October 18, 2013. (CBS)

Scene of a fatal bicycle crash with a San Francisco Muni bus at 11th and Bryant streets, October 18, 2013. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An intersection in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood remained closed late Friday morning after a male bicyclist was fatally struck by a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus, a Muni spokesman said.

The bicyclist was hit by an outbound 27-Bryant bus that was turning onto Bryant Street near 11th Street around 8:40 a.m., Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

“At this point we’re getting a lot of conflicting reports, so it’s too early to say exactly what happened, for sure. But we’ll continue to work with everybody involved to find out exactly what took place,” said Rose.

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were about three dozen passengers on board the bus and several of them stayed behind to give statements. No injuries to passengers were reported, Rose said.

“We’re going to be conducting a review of any video surveillance aboard the Muni bus to see if it captured the incident, as well as canvass the neighborhood for any video surveillance that might exist on businesses,” said Albie Esparza of SFPD.

The passengers were transported to another bus, while the driver was held for questioning, he said.

The operator will be placed on non-driving status and undergo testing for drugs and alcohol, as is normal procedure in accidents, Rose said.

Muni transportation director Ed Reiskin issued a statement this morning expressing his condolences for the death.

“Speaking for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and its 5,000 employees, I express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the person killed near Bryant and Division streets in the tragic accident this morning involving a Muni bus,” Reiskin said.

The accident was the city’s fourth bicycle fatality this year. All of them took place in the South of Market Area.

(© Copyright 2013 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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