$200,000 in claims over 2009 Muni light rail crash

June 29, 2010 12:20:51 PM PDT
The crash of a Muni light rail train a year ago at the West Portal Station is proving to be very expensive for the city of San Francisco.

Dozens of people were injured in the collision. The Examiner reports the city has already paid more than $200,000 in claims and more lawsuits are pending.

Last July, a Muni driver switched his light rail train from automatic control to manual control and then passed out causing his train to run into a parked train at 20 miles an hour.

Fifty-seven people have filed claims; only 16 have accepted settlements so far.