You Know The Drill: 4th Driver In A Month Gets Stuck In Sunset Tunnel

You Know The Drill: 4th Driver In A Month Gets Stuck In Sunset Tunnel
Photos: Fernando P.
By Allie Pape - Published on February 01, 2017.

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.

Passengers exit the train.

The train then re-entered the tunnel with "hooks attached," said Fernando, apparently to pull the car out.

The train re-enters the tunnel, sans passengers.

According to the SFMTA's Twitter account, the car was cleared from the tunnel by 8:23pm. 

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: 

Thanks to Fernando P. for the tip.

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