Muni Lines Shut Down After Driver Joyrides SUV Through Tunnel

Categories: Public Transit
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SUV's aren't suited for everything
Update (11:50 a.m.): Officer Albie Esparza tells us they arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving.

Original story (7:50 a.m.): Don't count on Muni to get anywhere this morning. The entire underground system has been shut down after an SUV drove into a Muni tunnel and -- not surprisingly -- got stuck.

Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, tells us that at about 6 a.m., for unknown and not-so-bright reasons, someone drove their SUV down a ramp at Church Street and Duboce Avenue into the underground tunnel.

The driver traveled east all the way to the Van Ness station before getting stuck, Rose said.

There were no injuries; however, this news will make commuters sore: The L-Taraval, M-Ocean View, N-Judah, K-Ingleside, J-Church and T-Third Street lines are completely shut down.

The driver -- who has not been identified -- was arrested. Rose said he has no clue why the driver decided to take a ride through the Muni tunnel, and said they aren't ruling out the possibility that he was intoxicated.

All trains in both directions have been suspended while crews remove the car and inspect the system, Rose said. A bus bridge has been set up, but Rose is encouraging commuters to find other ways to work.

"The car has been removed from the tracks, so we will start the necessary repairs," Rose said. "I think commuters should consider other forms of transportation."

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