Tour bus crashes in San Francisco

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SAN FRANCISCO: A dou­ble-decker tourist bus ca­reened wildly out of con­trol Fri­day in San Francisco’s crowded Union Square, run­ning down a bi­cy­clist, at least two pedes­tri­ans and strik­ing sev­eral cars be­fore it plowed into scaf­fold­ing lin­ing a con­struc­tion site. Twenty peo­ple were hurt, in­clud­ing six crit­i­cally. Twelve peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the crash that hap­pened just be­fore 3 pm, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. The oth­ers suf­fered mod­er­ate in­juries.

Union Square is one of the city’s most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions with sev­eral high-end stores, in­clud­ing Macy’s and Saks Fifth Av­enue, as well as its Union Square Park and skat­ing rink. The scaf­fold­ing was in front of what is go­ing to be a new Ap­ple store. The square was crowded with shop­pers and tourists when, ac­cord­ing to eye­wit­nesses, the bus came roar­ing across two city blocks at a high rate of speed. It struck sev­eral mov­ing ve­hi­cles in its path as well as the bi­cy­clist and the two pedes­tri­ans, the lat­ter end­ing up trapped un­derneath the ve­hi­cle af­ter it plowed into the scaf­fold­ing.

It also knocked down sev­eral power lines used to pro­pel the city’s fleet of elec­tri­cal buses. Fire­fight­ers had to ex­tri­cate the two peo­ple un­der the bus as well as one trapped on the top deck, Hayes-White said. As many as 30 peo­ple were be­lieved to have been on board when the ve­hi­cle went out of con­trol, of­fi­cials said. The driver was con­scious and able to speak when fire­fight­ers pulled him from the wreck­age, Hayes-White said.

But she added it was too early to spec­u­late about what caused him to lose con­trol. “The po­lice depart­ment will in­ves­ti­gate what those cir­cum­stances in­volved, whether it was me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, whether it was driver er­ror. It’s way too early to tell right now,” she said. San Francisco po­lice Of­fi­cer Al­bie Es­parza couldn’t im­me­di­ately say which bus com­pany owned the ve­hi­cle. Six of the in­jured are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion San Francisco Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal spokesman Brent An­drew said. They are three men and three women be­tween the ages of 20 and 60, he said. — AP

SAN FRANCISCO: Peo­ple tend to an in­jured per­son near Union Square in San Francisco on Fri­day. Ac­cord­ing to The San Francisco Fire Depart­ment, a dou­bledecker tour bus crashed into mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans. —AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.