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    Published Monday, August 22, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner Muni bus hits two pedestrians Collision sends two to hospital with injuries By Marisa Lagos A
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      Published Monday, August 22, 2005, in the San Francisco Examiner

      Muni bus hits two pedestrians
      Collision sends two to hospital with injuries

      By Marisa Lagos

      A Muni bus injured two people near Ghirardelli Square early Sunday
      morning, according to officials, sending both pedestrians to the
      hospital with minor injuries.

      The accident near the corner of North Point and Hyde streets occurred
      around 2:10 a.m., said Muni spokeswoman Maggie Lynch, and involved a
      male and a female pedestrian. The female was treated for a head
      injury at San Francisco General Hospital, Lynch said, and the male's
      knee was hurt. Both injuries were deemed minor.

      The driver of the bus, No. 8809 on the 19 Polk line, was taken off of
      driving status pending Muni's investigation, Lynch said, as is normal
      procedure after any collision. Because there were injuries, police
      will conduct their own investigation through the department's Hit and
      Run Division, according to a dispatcher, although the collision was
      not a hit-and-run.

      Muni's annual accident rates have declined during the past five years
      -- by about 20 percent since 2001 -- after voters created the
      Municipal Transportation Agency through a ballot proposition. The
      proposition set a goal of reducing accidents by 5 percent every year,
      and in 2005, according to a report released last week, Muni has
      surpassed that goal by almost 400 incidents so far, triple the amount
      mandated.

      The MTA -- through both Muni and the Department of Parking and Traffic
      -- has also been working to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths
      through planning, recently instating a "pedestrian safety plan," in
      the Tenderloin and the Mission. Other traffic calming projects are
      under way in neighborhoods citywide, according to Lynch.


      Bay City News contributed to this report
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