1 dead, 1 injured in separate city vehicle collisions 

A San Francisco Public Utilities Commission truck hit and killed a woman near City College of San Francisco and a Muni bus ran down an elderly woman in the Portola district in two nearly simultaneous incidents Tuesday.

Xiu Fang Huang, a 63-year-old San Francisco resident, was crossing the street at Ocean and Miramar avenues when she was hit and killed about 1:38 p.m.

The large truck, occupied by three city employees and towing a trailer, was traveling south on Miramar Avenue and making a left onto Ocean Avenue when the collision happened, according to police Inspector Dean Taylor. Though there were several witnesses in the heavily trafficked commercial area, reports varied.

“I’ve talked to four people and heard four different stories,” Taylor said.

Huang was pronounced dead at the scene. Several SFPUC employees remained at the intersection as police conducted an investigation. The unidentified male driver has worked for The City for 23 years, according to Tyrone Jue, a spokesman for the SFPUC, which is conducting its own investigation.

Meanwhile, at 1:41 p.m. at San Bruno Avenue and Burrows Street, police responded to another pedestrian collision. A 9-San Bruno bus hit a 77-year-old woman, who sustained life-threatening injuries, according to police Officer Keith Lai of the traffic division.

The intersection has no stoplights or stop signs, but there are crosswalks for those traversing bustling San Bruno Avenue.

“Five independent witnesses said the woman was in the crosswalk,” Lai said. One rider told police he felt the bus swerve just before impact.

Tavis Landry, an employee at the Definition of Beauty salon, said he wasn’t sure if the woman was in the crosswalk when she was hit, but she was flipped into the air by the bus.

“She was bleeding from the head, but her eyes were open and she was responsive,” Landry said. “She wasn’t saying anything.”

The driver, who was hired in 2000, has been placed on nondriving status and will be tested for drugs and alcohol, per normal procedure, according to Muni spokesman Judson True.

The narrow corridor has a history of dangerous pedestrian encounters. Only a block away at Bacon Street and San Bruno Avenue, a 9-San Bruno Express bus struck and killed 15-year-old La Trena Crosley in 2007.

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