A F line trolley car and a Muni bus collided Wednesday on San Francisco’s busy Market Street, injuring 15 including several children from a summer day camp program who were on a field trip, transit authorities said.
The accident, which involved a 9L-San Bruno bus and the F-Market streetcar, happened around 11 a.m. at Market and Sixth streets.
Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said 15 people were taken to four hospitals, including four adults who were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with moderate injuries. Seven children were among those transported, she said.
None of the injuries are life-threatening.
Others were evaluated at the scene but declined to be transported.
"It was a little chaotic initially," the chief said.
Harold Day, who said he witnessed the collision while walking across Market Street toward UN Plaza, said the eastbound 9L was stopped and the streetcar was moving east slowing when it rear-ended the bus.
He said he saw people on the bus get tossed around by the impact. He didn't see anyone with visible injuries, but he saw a girl crying and a man comforting her.
"It was really difficult to see that little girl ... crying," Day said. "It was totally unreal."
Thais Schwab, a camp counselor with Vision Academy, said she was on the 9L with a group of 31 elementary and middle school students when the collision occurred.
She said about 11 of them were injured when the bus was hit from behind.
Another person, who declined to be identified, reported seeing many children with ice packs on their heads.
Market Street was shut down between Sixth and Seventh streets. Muni spokesman Paul Rose said the road was expected to reopen around 12:30 p.m.
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