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Man fatally hit by San Francisco Muni bus identified

An SFMTA spokesman said the bus was serving the No. 49 route before the incident. | Source: Garrett Leahy/The Standard

A man was fatally struck by a Muni bus in the early hours of Thursday morning, closing lanes of San Francisco’s Van Ness Avenue for several hours.

Police responded to a report of an injury vehicle collision on Van Ness Avenue north of O’Farrell Street shortly after 12:50 a.m. Thursday. 

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the victim as Thomas Duba, 61, of San Francisco.

Police officers found Duba under a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency bus suffering from injuries. Despite first responder efforts, Duba was pronounced dead at the scene, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman told The Standard.

Police said traffic unit officers responded to the scene as part of an investigation and added that the bus driver remained at the scene.

A Muni spokesman said the bus was serving the No. 49 route.  

Police closed off Van Ness to investigate the collision for several hours, according to social media posts from a San Francisco Fire Department account. The roadway reopened to traffic around 5:20 a.m.

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