Two Muni Light Rail Vehicles Collide at West Portal Station

Multiple injuries are being reported after two Muni light rail vehicles collided this afternoon at the West Portal station. From the Muni Service alert:

As of 2:57 p.m., all Muni Metro light rail service that travels through West Portal Station in either direction has been halted because of a collision between two light rail vehicles (LRVs) on the outbound platform at West Portal Station.

Initial reports are that a one-car L Taraval LRV travelling at low speed collided with a stopped one-car K/T Third LRV.

There are reportedly multiple injuries as a result of the collision, but none of the injuries have yet been described as life-threatening.

Buses are providing substitute service between West Portal and Castro stations and West Portal Station and western destinations for the K/T, L and M Muni Metro lines.

Please send your photos to our Streetsblog Flickr feed. We’d also encourage you to provide your accounts of the collision if you were there in the comments section below. We’ll add more as we get it.

  • ZA

    Two information requests:

    1. How this accident compares with the other similar accident in the West Portal tunnel a few years ago, knocked out service for a long time while they rebuilt the rails.

    2. How this accident, once the cause is unraveled, may have been mitigated by automated equipment, perhaps like the sort used on BART trains.

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    This crash occurred on the platform. It’s within the realm of possibility that the event was caused by the automatic control system, not the lack of one. Or quite possibly due to the front train having cut out the ATCS, making the rear train think the platform was clear.

    In any case it will probably be many weeks before Muni announces their findings.

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