It's now officially February, but the Sunset Tunnel closed out January with an ignominious finale: the fourth vehicle of the month to get stuck in the tunnel.
Tipster Fernando P. texted us from the scene last night just after 8pm, noting that outbound N-Judah trains were blocked and inbound trains were continuing on, but slowly. He said that two SFPD officers went to check on the driver, as Muni officials asked passengers to exit the outbound train.
The train then re-entered the tunnel with "hooks attached," said Fernando, apparently to pull the car out.
According to the SFMTA's Twitter account, the car was cleared from the tunnel by 8:23pm.
ATTN: #NJudah blocked at Sunset Tunnel by automobile. Westbound N switching back at Fillmore, eastbound N at Carl & Hillway.— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) February 1, 2017
The tunnel has had at least 24 mistaken trips inside since 2010. Last year, the SFMTA installed speed bumps and bright “DO NOT ENTER” signs on the tunnel to prevent further incidents, but as the past month as shown, some drivers remain undeterred.
As of last week, the SFMTA had no further plans to fix the issue on its agenda. We've reached out to them again to see if that's still the case.
This month in Sunset Tunnel news:
- Driver Attempts Journey Through Muni's Sunset Tunnel, Yet Again
- Muni Train Tows Yet Another Wayward Car From Sunset Tunnel
- No New Measures Planned To Prevent Drivers From Entering Sunset Tunnel
- Yet Another Driver Gets Stuck After Wrongly Entering Sunset Tunnel
Thanks to Fernando P. for the tip.
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