NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


July 19, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board has begun an investigation into yesterday's transit system accident in San Francisco that injured more than 40 people.

At 2:57 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 18, 2009, a San Francisco Municipal light rail vehicle struck the rear of another light rail vehicle at the West Portal Station. "Given the recent transit system accidents around the country, we are especially concerned with what has happened here," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "We are determined to find the cause of this and the other transit accidents so that the issues that our investigations turn up can be addressed, leading to safer transit systems for our citizens."

Two Los Angeles-based investigators from the NTSB Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations are responding to the scene. Ted Turpin is the Investigator- in-Charge.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.