West Portal crash: 1 child, 1 adult killed and 3 injured in San Francisco car crash, SFFD says

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By journalsofus.com

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A tragic investigation is taking place in San Francisco this weekend.

Two people died after a vehicle crashed into a bus stop in the city’s West Portal neighborhood. It happened around noon on Saturday. Authorities say one of the victims was a child.

“I can tell you what happened was a true tragedy,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

Breed spoke at the scene of the horrific accident, a bus stop at Ulloa Street and Lennox Way.

“A car going east on Ulloa crashed into a bus stop where four people were standing,” Breed said.

The fire chief says two people died, an adult and a child.

“There were obviously multiple 911 calls, so police and fire worked together to treat all the victims and evaluate them. Unfortunately, two were really critical and there was no hope for them,” said SFFD Chief Janine Nicholson.

Three people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of an SUV that crashed into the bus stop. Authorities say it is unclear at this time how the collision occurred.

“We don’t know if the driver had a medical emergency. That’s all under investigation,” Nicholson said.

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The impact of the crash was so intense that it could be heard half a block away.

“I heard a really loud crash. I thought it was two trains crashing. A bunch of people came out and looked and said don’t come out because it was too bloody,” said restaurant employee Lucy Bartlett.

The accident occurred just meters from the entrance to the Muni West Portal station, which was closed during the investigation.

“We have a lot of people in shock, including one of our Muni drivers and others who saw this situation with people trying to save their lives,” Breed said.

The mayor says counselors from the city’s Department of Behavioral Health will go into the neighborhood to talk to people who may have suffered trauma.

The nonprofit Walk San Francisco says it will hold a vigil for the victims on Monday, March 18 at the crash site at 5 p.m.

“These are the fifth and sixth pedestrian deaths in San Francisco in 2024, more than double this time last year and the year before,” Walk SF said in a statement.

Data shows that 17 people were killed while walking in San Francisco in 2023, with pedestrians accounting for 65% of all traffic-related deaths. Nationally, pedestrian deaths are at a 40-year high.

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