Police: S.F. tour bus crashes injuring 19 people

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

San Francisco — A careening double-decker tour bus smashed into a bicyclist, several cars and a construction site in San Francisco’s tourist-packed Union Square on Friday, injuring 19 people including five critically, authorities said.

One of the people with life-threatening injuries is the bicyclist, said San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza.

The bus with open-top seating was travelling at high speeds through the streets Friday afternoon before smashing into metal scaffolding at a building construction site in the heart of the square, police said. The scaffolding collapsed onto the sidewalk.

Emergency crews were seen on top of the bus and some carried people away on stretchers. Fire officials said power lines were down in the area.

Officials say as many as 30 people may have been on the bus at the time.