19 Injured in Double-Decker Tour Bus Crash

The open-air bus lost control before crashing into a construction site
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Fire and police assist injured people on an open-air tour bus after it crashed into a construction site in San Francisco on Friday.   (Mike Koozmin/San Francisco Examiner via AP)

(Newser) – At least 19 people are injured—five critically—after a double-decker tour bus lost control and crashed into a construction site in San Francisco's popular Union Square on Friday, KTVU reports. It's unknown what caused the open-air bus to lose control, but it traveled several blocks afterward, hitting cars, pedestrians, and a bicyclist before finally stopping. According to ABC7, the bus was finally stopped by some scaffolding, which fell into the street. A witness says they saw people falling from the scaffolding.

KTVU reports at least three people were trapped under the bus after it crashed, and at least five cars were totaled as it careened down the street. Victims had to be extricated from four damaged cars, according to ABC7. NBC Bay Area reports there were approximately 30 people on the tour bus when it crashed. An investigation is ongoing into what caused the bus to lose control. (Read more tour bus crash stories.)

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