Three injured after driver runs light

March 14, 2009 6:30:13 PM PDT
A crash in San Francisco Saturday morning sent several people to the hospital, including a pedestrian, a fire spokeswoman said.

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The crash was reported at 9:27 a.m. at Van Ness Avenue and Bush Street.

San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said it appears a driver ran a red light and struck a pedestrian and at least one other vehicle.

The pedestrian was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the driver who reportedly ran the red light had to be extricated from the vehicle, Talmadge said.

That driver was also taken to a hospital, as was a third person. A man answering the phone at Ellis Brooks Auto Center at that intersection said the crash happened across the street, in front of a Peet's coffee shop.

He said that when the crash happened he heard what sounded like an explosion and looked outside to see a Mini Cooper go "sailing up in the air."

The Mini Cooper was parked and was struck by one of the cars that crashed, he said.

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