Man dies, three injured in crash involving big-rig, UCSF shuttle 

One person died and three others were injured in a crash that involved a big-rig and a shuttle bus in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood Thursdaymorning, a police spokesman said.

Octavia Boulevard was closed for nearly five hours to traffic between Market and Fell streets after the crash, which was reported around 6:20 a.m., police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. The street was reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

A big-rig headed north on Octavia Boulevard collided with a University of California at San Francisco shuttle bus taking San Francisco General Hospital employees to work.

A white man in his 40s was ejected from the shuttle bus and died at the scene. As of 7:45 a.m., his body was still underneath the big-rig, covered by a yellow tarp.

Two females and one male on the shuttle bus suffered minor injures. It was not immediately clear how many passengers were on the shuttle bus.

The driver of the big-rig was not injured.

The big-rig was carrying several cars and suffered damage to the left front end. The front right side of the shuttle bus near the door was crushed inward and a side window was broken.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes Hayes Valley, was at the scene of the accident Thursday morning.

Like police, he was still trying to learn the circumstances of the crash but said he is aware of the dangers of Octavia Boulevard.

He called Octavia “a fabulous boulevard, but it has its challenges, especially for drivers who aren’t familiar with San Francisco and rely on GPS.”

Mirkarimi also brought up the issue of seat belts on shuttle buses.

In today’s crash, he said, “Quite clearly a seat belt could have potentially helped.”

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