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article imageTwo light rails crash in San Francisco, injuries confirmed

By KJ Mullins     Jul 18, 2009 in Travel
Two light rail trains ran into each other in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. It is believed that 60 people were injured in the crash.
The accident happened at about 3 p.m. at West Portal Station involving two San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) trains. An L Taraval train rear-ended a K Ingleside train near a boarding platform.
The Ingleside train did not appear to have major damage. The same can not be said for the Taraval train, which was destroyed. The driver for the Taraval train is among the most seriously injured.
Service has been stopped between West Portal and Castro station on the light rails. Shuttle buses will service the area.
According to KOVR-TV at least 60 people have been injured in the crash. It does not appear that any of those injuries are life threatening.
Both trains were headed in the outbound direction when the accident occurred.
The San Francisco Gate reports:
"There was a huge crowd gathering outside the station," West Portal resident Laurel Paul said. "I've been riding Muni since the 1970's, and I've never seen a train crumpled in the front with a shattered windshield."
First responders treated victims on the train. KCBS reports that three of those injured were in serious condition.
A shuttle bus took 25 to 30 of the 'walking wounded' to hospital.
Witnesses say that the K train's driver was waving his arms just before the crash as if he had no control of the train.
The trains were both full at the time of the accident.
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