Car cuts off Muni, causing 1 of 2 Embarcadero accidents; DUI suspected in other crash 

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Two separate accidents along The Embarcadero – one involving a Muni light-rail vehicle - sent several people to the hospital with minor injuries Sunday afternoon.

Both incidents occurred about 4:30 p.m. One was located at The Embarcadero and Brannan Street, while the second happened two blocks away at the Harrison Street intersection, according to a fire dispatcher.

In the Brannan incident, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed rear-ended another vehicle as traffic slowed. That vehicle then rear-ended a third car, which rolled over and hit a retaining wall near a restaurant, police Officer Albie Esparza said. Five people were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the speeding vehicle is suspected of DUI, police said.

The incident at Harrison Street occurred when an automobile made an illegal left turn in front of a light-rail vehicle, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said. No one aboard the train was injured, but passengers in the car were taken to a hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Two shuttle buses were in service to bring passengers from the Embarcadero Muni station to the Caltrain corridor, but light-rail service was restored by 5:20 p.m., Rose said

A fire dispatcher said only two ambulances responded to the incidents and “a couple” patients were taken to a hospital.

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