Reader Mail: Another Fatality on the N Judah
Holy guac! We just got
word of news about another potential fatality on the N-Judah line this evening. Reader Jeff writes:
News helicopters are overhead right now. Judah is closed off 28th Ave - 30th Ave. I just got home, but it looks like it happened about an hour ago.
My neighbor tells me someone was trying to get onto the train and got caught somehow. Passengers tried to alert the driver, but the train didn't stop in time.
I'm guessing the accident will be on the 11:00 news with all the details.
I got home around 8pm and missed this incident. This sounds pretty bad, though, so if anyone has info or details, please feel free to post in the comments. I'll be up for a few more hours to post details as they come in.
UPDATE: Bay City News has the story so far....
UPDATE 2:, The Chronicle has more information about the incident as well. This is so depressing.
PS: What's depressing to me is that when I started this little blog for fun, I really didn't expect that a) anyone would even read it and b) that the biggest draw to the site would be a string of deaths by MUNI.
I would much much much rather have people coming to the site because of some funny story I have to tell or some review of a cool local business, instead of this. Then you read some of the SICK comments at the Gate and you begin to wonder just what kind of city this place is becoming.
And yet all the while as we're having a spiraling rate of accidents on MUNI (with fatalities), we read in the Chronicle that MORE money is being siphoned from MUNI to pay salaries in the MAYOR's office, at a time when we're told "times are tough" and "cuts must be made." And don't forget the big pay raises the MTA just gave the MUNI boss.
Would a few extra dollars have prevented these accidents? I have no idea. But I do know that when an institution is oriented towards big pay for the top, and big cuts to safety, employee morale, and public awareness of the realities of living in a congested urban environment, in the end you can expect said institution to fail the people it was created to serve. I'm all for rewarding public service - but when did public service become an entitlement program for a select class of insiders and top level bureaucrats?
I wish there was one solution, one magic bullet to fix all these problems, or at least just one group of people we could blame, punish,and move on. Unfortunately, things don't work that way (despite what some say these days).
I'm just amazed what with all the allegedly smart people we're paying big pay to at the Mayor's office, the MTA, the Board of Supervisors, the SFPD, a whole host of city agencies, city-funded nonprofits, loud "advocates" for bikes and whatnots, and more, we can't get past "cover your ass, " "it's not my problem," "you can all go to hell it's all about me." and more and figure out a way to move forward so we all can just live our lives and go about our business.
Once upon a time we didn't have this many deaths by MUNI - has society crumbled so much that now we not only accept this, but also have a "throw 'em to the lions" mentality as well?
I'm waiting for the big geniuses with the big pay to come over here and respond and tell us what they will or won't or can or can't do. I'm not holding my breath though. Guess they all have to pick up a new Mercedes or something instead...