20 people were injured, six critically, when an out-of-control tour bus struck a bicyclist, several vehicles, and two pedestrians before crashing into a construction site at Union Square on Friday, November 13th. At least 30 passengers were on the bus when it crashed just before 3 p.m.
According to authorities, the double-decker open-air tour bus sped erratically across two city blocks before crashing into a scaffolding unit in the popular San Francisco tourist area. Wrecked vehicles involved in the incident scattered the streets. The bus also knocked down several power lines, creating a dangerous situation for rescue workers. Witnesses observed that the bus did not slow down before crashing into the construction site.
The two pedestrians had to be extricated by rescue crew from beneath the bus. One passenger on the upper-level of the bus also had to be extricated. Six of the injured victims were admitted to local hospitals in critical condition with injuries to the head, face, ribs, and limbs. As of Sunday, four of the victims remained in critical condition.
The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.