Muni operator failed to let passengers off train after rider vomited onboard 

Officials at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are looking into why a Muni light rail operator did not let people off a train after a passenger became ill and vomited onboard, a spokesman said.

An outbound K-T train took on an unpleasant odor when a passenger began throwing up at about 8:10 a.m. at Montgomery Station, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

The operator was ordered to allow passengers off after officials in the control room noticed the train had barreled through Powell Street and Civic Center stations without stopping, Rose said.

The train finally stopped at Van Ness station and the passengers were allowed to leave. It was then taken to the West Portal station, cleaned, and returned to service. No significant delays were reported, Rose said.

Rose could not say what happened to the sick passenger.

The operator was put on non-driver status until investigators figure out why he did not stop the train, Rose said.

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