At about 2:40pm this afternoon there was an incident involving a pedestrian and an N Judah streetcar at 9th and Judah. Details were vague, although the pedestrian was transported to SF General with non-life threatening injuries. Coverage of the event can also be found at SF Appeal.com and CBS5
Although I did pick up on some information, because I didn’t get it officially “on the record” and the head Muni guys on the scene couldn’t talk for legal reasons, so I couldn’t conduct an interview on the scene like I’d hoped. So following journalistic ethics, I’m not going to transcribe what I overheard, since that would not be a good thing to do.
One thing I do notice people do often is cross against red “don’t walk” signals with a green light, because it’s not entirely clear by the signage that one should hold off on walking until they get the actual “walk” signal. The signs are a little bit small, and not like the ones in Chinatown which are clearer and at eye level.
I will say that the number of “near misses” and accidents has gone down, but it’s never cool when anyone gets hurt, for any reason at all, and I hope the person who fell down is ok and isn’t hurt too bad.
UPDATE: As I had suspected from looking at the scene, the train never touched the pedestrian at all. In fact the pedestrian had fallen down, and the train stopped so as to avoid hitting the person. Read all about it at the SF Appeal link at the top of the page.