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Pedestrian in life-threatening condition after being hit by bus on Van Ness

A pedestrian is in life-threatening condition after being struck by a bus driver at Van Ness Avenue and Union Street last night.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m. Police say the pedestrian entered the street after standing in the median, where they were then struck by the bus.

Police did not immediately release further details on the case, including the identity of the pedestrian and whether the driver remained at the scene. It's also unclear if the bus was a Muni bus, or another type of bus. Representatives for SFPD and the SFMTA did not return a request for comment by press time. 

Police did confirm that the driver was a man between 25 and 35 years of age, and that no arrest has been made. 

The intersection has been identified as a high-injury corridor under the city's Vision Zero plan, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. According to city data, at least four other pedestrians were injured in a crash at that intersection since 2014.

We'll have more information on this incident as it becomes available. 

Update 3/2: SFMTA spokesperson Erica Kato tells us that no Muni bus was involved in the crash.


Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

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