An preliminary investigation indicates that a shuttle bus accident involving a semi truck on July 14th in San Francisco may have been the result of the bus driver running a red light. The fatal accident took the life of a University of California at San Francisco professor.
Reports from witnesses say that the bus driver, who was traveling east on Oak Street, may have run a red light to cause the 6:20 a.m. accident on Octavia Boulevard with the truck carrying several automobiles.
Officials conceded that stretch of the road could prove difficult to navigate by those not familiar with the area.
The bus driver, who was piloting a shuttle bus for UCSF, carried the professor and 15 other passengers that ranged in ages from 58 to 85 to the San Francisco General Hospital before the accident.
Ejected from the bus, the professor came to rest underneath the semi-truck. First responders pronounced him dead at the scene. He left behind a husband and two children.
While the bus driver suffered only minor injuries, three other passengers in the vehicle sustained injuries and were treated at the San Francisco General Hospital. All of them were listed in either fair or good condition. The truck driver did not suffer any serious injuries.
The accident levied damage to the left, front side of the truck. The bus took on damage to the front passenger side, smashing a window as well. The bus was not equipped with seat belts, which officials say could have saved the man's life and helped the other passengers avoid injuries.
The accident is still under investigation.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Shuttle driver may have run red light in fatal UCSF shuttle crash" July 15, 2011