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Speeding Maserati crashes into San Francisco Muni bus during police chase

San Francisco police officers investigate a collision between a Maserati and a Muni bus that happened during a pursuit that ended near 3rd and Bryant streets on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.
San Francisco police officers investigate a collision between a Maserati and a Muni bus near Third and Bryant streets on Wednesday. | Source: Joel Umanzor/The Standard

San Francisco police arrested three suspects Wednesday after a Maserati collided with a Muni bus in SoMa during a police pursuit.

The Maserati collided with the bus just before 4:30 p.m. while attempting to make a turn onto Third Street from Bryant Street, the San Francisco Police Department said.

After the collision, three individuals emerged from the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot down Stillman Street, according to witnesses.

"I heard the crash, and then when I went outside, the three guys went running by me and almost pushed me down," a nearby cashier, who asked not to be identified due to safety concerns, told The Standard. "The police were right behind them, so they got them not very long after that."

San Francisco police stand near a Maserati that collided with a Muni bus during a police pursuit on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.
San Francisco police stand near where a Maserati that collided with a Muni bus during a police pursuit on Wednesday. | Source: Joel Umanzor/The Standard

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Two of the suspects were detained, while the third was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated, a San Francisco police officer confirmed at the scene.

The Muni bus operator and a passenger were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The police department did not immediately respond to The Standard's request for additional details on what prompted the pursuit.

San Francisco Police Department investigators search a Maserati that collided with a Muni bus during a pursuit that ended near 3rd and Bryant streets on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024.
Police investigators search the Maserati that collided with a Muni bus. | Source: Joel Umanzor/The Standard

Traffic at the intersection where the collision occurred was being guided by SFMTA officials as police continued to work at the scene.

The SFMTA spokesperson said the Maserati hit a 31 Balboa line bus, which sustained moderate damage. Buses were still traveling through the intersection Wednesday evening, though commuters were advised to expect residual delays as a result of the crash.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com