Former Tribune reporter hit by train

February 9, 2009 2:27:16 PM PST
A man who was hospitalized after being hit by a San Francisco Municipal Railway N-Judah train Sunday night is veteran Oakland Tribune reporter Bill Brand, according to Pete Wevurski, managing editor of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.

The accident occurred around 9:10 p.m. at Second and King streets, near AT&T Park.

Brand, who retired from the Tribune late last year but still writes a beer column for the newspaper, is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, Wevurski said.

Muni spokesman Judson True said shortly after the accident that Brand was hit by a train headed to the nearby Caltrain station. Service on the N-Judah and T-Third Street lines was disrupted for about two hours afterward.

True said Monday the San Francisco Police Department is investigating the accident. A police spokesman said Monday morning he didn't have any information on the incident.

Veteran Tribune reporter Harry Harris said today that Brand has worked for the paper for more than 25 years, covering a variety of beats including crime, science, business and the University of California at Berkeley.

"He's worn many hats for the Tribune and he's worn all of them very well," Harris said.

Harris said that before Brand started working at the Tribune, he worked for the Alameda Times-Star and the Contra Costa Times.

Harris said the Tribune's staff is pulling hard for Brand to recover from his injuries.

"He's a fighter," Harris said.