State agency investigating after woman’s hand gets caught in MUNI door

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The safety of San Francisco public transportation is in question after video surfaced showing a woman getting her hand caught in the door of a MUNI train earlier this month. 

Video obtained by the San Francisco Examiner from April 12, shows a woman who appeared to have her hand stuck in a closed door of one of the new MUNI light rail vehicles and then falling down onto the track.

The transit agency issued a statement, emphasizing that the doors on the new trains are safe.

The video would suggest otherwise, and Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who chairs the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board, is not yet convinced.

“These are supposed to have sensors in the doors like [an elevator in a highrise]” he said. “In any high rise, as you stick your hand in at the last minute, the door opens back up. We want to make sure any defects have been properly dealt with.”

On Tuesday, the transportation authority was set to fast track the $63 million purchase of an additional 151 new light rail vehicles, but now Peskin wants to put that on hold.

“This is our job as public officials, relative to how we use taxpayer money,” he said. “So until we have answers to those questions, we will take a little time out.”

The woman in the video survived and was released from a local hospital after a few days. In the meantime, those 60+ new light rail vehicles have not been pulled out of service.

They continue to operate as if there is absolutely no issue with the door. In addition to the transportation authority, the state is also looking into this.

The California Public Utilities Commission is launching their own investigation into the safety of these new vehicles.

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