Video: San Francisco tour bus crash leaves 20 injured, at least 5 critical



UPDATE 8:55 P.M.: Five adult patients were listed as critical, two adults were still being evaluated and the minor’s condition was not being disclosed publicly, hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said.

A police spokesman said six patients were critically injured in the crash.

Police and fire officials said earlier Friday that 20 people were transported to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening after an out-of-control double-decker tour bus hit at least four vehicles, a bicyclist and a construction site’s scaffolding near Post and Stockton streets.

At least five people’s injuries were considered life threatening, including those of the bicyclist, according to Officer Albie Esparza.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said three other people suffered moderate injuries but were expected to survive and 12 people had minor injuries

UPDATE 8:21 P.M.: Crews are starting to remove the scaffolding, piece by piece.


UPDATE 8:14 P.M.: Here are some photos from the scene:

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UPDATE 8: 00 P.M.: Crushed cars are being towed.


UPDATE 7:10 P.M.: There are now eight patients total at San Francisco General Hospital, and five of them are critical.

They include one minor, four men, and three women.

Tow trucks are arriving to remove crushed cars, as of 7:20 p.m.


UPDATE 6:04 P.M.: The bus driver is among those in critical condition.

UPDATE 5:41 P.M.: San Francisco police Ofc. Albie Esparza said it’s unclear what caused the crash, but police are investigating whether it was a mechanical failure, a medical emergency or the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Esparza said the bus started picking up speed in the 500 block of Post Street, and then ran into the scaffolding and cars shortly thereafter.

It was initially reported that there were at least 30 people on board the bus, which stayed upright during the crash.Hayes-White said crews had to extricate two people on the bus, including the driver, two pedestrians trapped underneath the bus and two people in vehicles involved in the collision.

“It’s going to be a mess tonight,” Esparza said.The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said the Powell Street cable car line is currently down and MUNI lines in the area are experiencing delays.

The road will be closed until 9 p.m. at the earliest.


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Crews are working the scene of a major crash involving a runaway San Francisco tour bus on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Stockton near Post Street in Union Square.

Credit: Shannon Adams

At least 20 people were injured in the crash, six crash victims suffered critical injuries.

Images from the scene show crews working to extract passengers trapped in the wreckage.

Officials say that the crash happened when the bus lost control, struck a pedestrian and bicyclist, crashed into several cars then slammed into a construction site.

Scaffolding at the site crashed down on the sidewalk and street pinning a number of vehicles under the debris.

KRON4 producer Shannon Adams was on the scene at the time of the crash. She described seeing a double-decker tour bus race down the street at high speed, hit several vehicles then slam into a construction site.

Crews are working carefully around downed power lines to reach the injured passengers. A triage is treating several of the injured on the scene.

At least one vehicle got pinned under the bus.

It is unclear what caused the crash, but police are investigating whether it was a mechanical failure, a medical emergency, or the influence of drugs and alcohol.Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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